Cure Violence has made an impact in communities in several cities. See examples of how our approach has reduced violence and helped transform lives.
America has grown accustomed to living with the crippling disease of violence. It has plagued our homes and paralyzed our cities. But thanks to the Cure Violence partnership, healthy communities are within our grasp. Our innovative approach to ending violence is reducing shootings and killings, strengthening neighborhoods, and transforming lives – in urban areas across America.
A decade ago, West Garfield Park was considered one of the most violent communities in Chicago. Cure Violence intervened, reducing the number of shootings by 67 percent after just one year. Since then, three evaluations by the Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have demonstrated the success of Cure Violence’s public health model. We’ve even expanded into an international program, with over 50 sites in15 cities and 8 countries.
Check out some of our featured Cure Violence partners below.
“We have seen that Safe Streets works,”
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Safe Streets, the first Cure Violence replication site outside of Illinois, works. In 2007, the Baltimore City Health Department launched the program in four historically violent neighborhoods—McElderry Park, Elwood Park, Madison-Eastend, Cherry Hill— where it has been demonstrated effective for reducing shootings and killings (check out our evaluation results here).
As Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showed in an evaluation in January 2012 (the first rigorous evaluation of a Cure Violence replication) is getting significant results. In one neighborhood, reductions in killings attributable to Safe Streets were as high as 56%.
In another neighborhood killings reduced 53%.
Check out researcher Daniel Webster discuss evaluation results here:
The evaluation also surveyed youth who were Safe Streets clients, all of whom were considered high risk, with nearly half (48%) having been shot at and more than half (52%) requiring outreach workers to intervene on two or more conflicts (Baltimore doesn’t use Violence Interrupters, as Outreach Workers handle dual roles). Outreach Workers saw their clients 3 or more times per week, providing assistance finding a job (88%); getting into a school or GED program (95%); and resolving family conflicts (100%).
Corey Peterkin, an Outreach Worker for Safe Streets, shared with a Groupon reporter what this meant on a personal level. Working with Charlie, a high-risk 15 year-old client, Corey was able to redirect his life on a more positive path. Corey saw Charlie every day for two months straight working to get him enrolled in school and employed with a steady income that didn’t put his life on the line. Today, Charlie has completed his GED, holds down a job, and takes care of his younger siblings (read “Changing Charlie,” a Cure Violence Success Story by Emily Wachowiak).
Watch Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speak on the Cure Violence model:
- Safe Streets Evaluation Demonstrates Successful Results
- CNN Hero Award: Interrupting the cycle of teen violence
- Urbanite Baltimore: The Peacemaker
- Can Hopkins ED Staff Help Curb Baltimore’s Violent Crime?
- Youth Violence Experts from Johns Hopkins Take Stock of City-Run Program
- Can an Innovative Anti-Violence Program Rewrite the Code of the Streets?
Check out more Success Stories here:
In 2000, Cure Violence launched the CeaseFire model in West Garfield, the most violent community in Chicago at the time. In its first year, the model produced a 67 percent reduction in shootings. CeaseFire received additional funding from the State of Illinois in 2004 to immediately expand from 5 to 15 communities and from 20 to 80 Outreach Workers. That year, homicides declined in Chicago by 25 percent, to a total of 448, a rate of 15.5 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Since 2005, CeaseFire has been providing a hospital-based violence prevention response to violently injured patients from the south and southwest side of Chicago at the Advocate Christ Medical Center. The success of the Advocate Christ program led, in 2011, to the creation of a second hospital-based violence prevention program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a level-1 trauma center that treats approximately 1,000 trauma patients annually.
CeaseFire’s model has been replicated more than 18 times in Chicago and throughout Illinois. An independent evaluation sponsored by the US Department of Justice and conducted by Northwestern University concluded that CeaseFire’s intervention led to significantly significant reductions in shootings (between 16 and 34 percent) in five of the seven neighborhoods studied.
In 2010, the Chicago implementation of the model was featured in the award-winning documentary The Interrupters by Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz.
Kansas City, MO
Aim4Peace is an evidence-based health approach to reduce shootings and homicides. Aim4Peace uses highly trained violence interrupters and outreach staff, public education campaigns, Neighborhood Action Teams and community mobilization to reverse the violence epidemic in Kansas City, Missouri. Aim4Peace focuses on the neighborhood factors that most often contribute to violent crime, helping those who are considered at highest risk of committing offenses due to their living or employment situation.
The Aim4Peace program began in 2008 and was originally based on the Ceasefire: Stop the Shooting project in Chicago. Aim4Peace currently focuses on the Police Department’s East Patrol Division, one of Kansas City’s highest crime neighborhoods. They model behavior modification techniques for those individuals who are ready to change. With continued success the plan will be implemented throughout the City in the future. Aim4Peace is committed to making neighborhoods safer. The Aim4Peace: Violence Prevention Project is a division of the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department. They are focused on Kansas City’s highest crime neighborhoods.
- How Aim4Peace Works
- In 2011, the National Association of County and City Health Officials recognized Aim4Peace as a Promising Practice.
- Check out a new publication “Supporting a Community-Based Participatory Evaluation Approach to Violence Prevention in Kansas City“
- Visit them A4P on Facebook.
New Orleans, LA
Providing an innovative approach to reducing violent crime, CeaseFire New Orleans, implemented in Central City launched in 2012. Four violence interrupters have been hired to serve the community. Crime Commissioner, James Carter, has said, “The Cure Violence model fits in New Orleans.”
Born out of the tragic shootings in Buffalo, Harlem, Queens, Westchester and other areas in New York, in 2009 Operation SNUG became the first statewide implementation of the Cure Violence model. Launched with $4 million allocated from the New York State Legislature, these New York-based Cure Violence replications have had exceptional early success. Today, four sites operate in New York City and an additional three sites throughout the state.
New York City
Crown Heights Mediation Center’s Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) initiative has been working in Brooklyn for over a decade. From a storefront office on Kingston Avenue they manage to impact the lives of young men and women—the youth at highest-risk to shoot or be shot—by providing alternatives to redirect them from the fast-track to prison or an early grave.
Since launching the Cure Violence model in 2009, the site has gone more than 2 months without a shooting (read more: http://ceasefirechicago.org/data_statistics/crown-heights-sos-61-days-without-a-shooting).
- Gunfire Will No Longer Be Met With by Silence
- Save Our Streets Crown Heights
- Interrupting Violence, on Screen and on the Streets