Proven Results in Reducing Violence

Multiple evaluations have shown the impact of the Cure Violence model in reducing shootings, violent confrontations, and killings in multiple cities across the United States.

According to MIT SaxeLab, for more than 50 years methods of conflict resolution have been developed with mixed results. Until recently, very little effort has been put forward to evaluate such interventions, but the Cure Violence model has the unique distinction of having three independent evaluations demonstrate our effectiveness in Crown Heights, Baltimore and Chicago.

Cure Violence gets results. You can check out some of the implementation and outcome highlights below or view the full studies clicking the links on the upper right.

Chicago, Illinois

Funded by the National Institute of Justice this Northwestern University led evaluation of 8 Chicago communities covered 8 years of implementation with a 10 year baseline.

Implementation Highlights

  • 84% of clients were very high risk
  • 87% of clients received the essential help that they needed
  • Outreach workers ranked second only to parents as most important adults in the lives of the clients

Outcome Highlights

  • Statistically significant results were found in 6 of the 7 communities examined
  • Reductions in shootings and killings of -41% to -73%
  • 100% reductions in retaliation homicides in 5 of 8 communities
  • “Overall, the impact of the [Cure Violence] is significant and moderate-to-large in size.”
  •  “In every program area there was a substantial decline in the median density of shootings following the introduction of [Cure Violence].”


Baltimore, Maryland

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention the Baltimore evaluation of the Cure Violence model was performed by a team at Johns Hopkins University led by Daniel Webster, Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research.

Implementation Highlights

  • Implemented in 4 of the most violent communities in Baltimore
  • 276 conflict meditations
  • Most participants saw their outreach worker 3 or more times per week

Outcome Highlights

  • Significant reductions in shootings or homicides in all four communities
  • Communities with triple the amount of mediation had better results
  • Norms on violence were changed – People in program site were much less likely to accept the use of a gun to settle a dispute; 4 times more likely to show little or no support for gun use.
  • Norm change occurred even with non-clients.
  • Reductions spread to surrounding communities


Crown Heights, New York City (Brooklyn)

Evaluation work was funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and performed by Sarah Picard-Fritsche and Lenore Cerniglia of the Center for Court Innovation.

Implementation Highlights

  • 86% of clients were high or medium risk
  • More than 100 meditations involving more than 1,000 people

Outcome Highlights

  • Average monthly shooting rates in Crown Heights decreased by 6% from the pre to the post periods, while increasing in the three comparison areas between 18% and 28%  (statistically significant compared to control)
  • This analysis suggests that gun violence in Crown Heights was 20% lower than what it would have been had gun violence trends mirrored those of similar, adjacent precincts.


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Cure Violence has made an impact in communities in several cities. See examples of how our approach has reduced violence and helped transform lives.


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