Partners in Peace

A world without violence is the mission of Cure Violence. To be serious about such an ambitious goal, you must work in collaboration with other people who have the same passion and vision for a world without violence. We have been fortunate to find many such partners, all of whom are making vital contributions to this noble cause.

Health Community Collaborative to Prevent Violence

In the United States, violence claims an enormous $450 billion toll and nearly 60,000 lives annually.  The epidemic clusters, spreads and transmits in a contagious fashion — leaving not only direct physical wounds for those who survive, but also mental, social and neurological damage to everyone in its path.  Even so, violence is not universally understood as a public health issue.  Our mission is to fundamentally change the discourse on and approach to violence from the prevailing paradigm that understands violence as moral corruption or human failing that applies punitive strategies to address the issue, to one that includes an understanding and addressing of violence as a health problem — a contagious epidemic.

We are a group of over 400 health experts representing more than 40 of our most violent cities across the nation to form a collaborative led by Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, Dr. Al Sommer of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Gary Slutkin of Cure Violence/University of Illinois at Chicago. We are sharing and leveraging evidence-based approaches to violence prevention to save lives and create a model that can be implemented nationwide in impactful, sustainable and equitable ways.  Learn more at www.ViolenceEpidemic.org.


Youth Alive/Berkeley Media Studies Group/NNHVIP (Healing Justice Alliance)

Each year, over 1.5 million victims of violence are treated in hospitals nationwide for nonfatal gunshot, stabbing, and other physical assault injuries; nearly two-thirds (63%) are male, and 41 percent are males of color. Violence is the leading cause of death for African American males between the ages of 15 and 34 and the second-leading cause of death for young Latino males. Young men of color are disproportionately affected by interpersonal and community violence. This uneven burden of both direct and indirect violent trauma can have negative impacts on the futures of these young men. For example,studies demonstrate that being a victim of violence places an individual at increased risk of becoming a perpetrator of violence.Violent victimization also increases the risk of being violently re-injured in the future.

Research indicates that victimized men and boys of color do not get the help and services they need. Existing systems do not currently provide services nor do they have the cultural competency, capacity, or ability to engage, respond to and treat this population. The strategies often utilized by current service providers are simply not aligned with their needs. Inability to access appropriate services therefore increases the likelihood that men and boys of color will be forced to silently suffer the effects of victimization and trauma and less likely to heal.Further barriers to services and treatment exist in the context of male masculinity, as men struggle to self-identify as victims due to social norms that define victimization as weakness. This misconception is further perpetuated by societal, media, law enforcement and community messages regarding who victims are and whose victimization matters. Focus on appropriate communication is essential.

The U.S.news media play a powerful role in both setting the agenda and shaping the debate around community health issues. How an issue is covered – who is quoted, the images we see, the voices that are left out – all shape the public conversation about that issue. Most coverage of crime and violence are episodic stories of victims and perpetrators that ignore or minimize the social factors that influence the occurrence of crime. While framing stories through individual experiences can be dramatic and compelling,those who read such stories tend to blame the victim rather than calling on business, government,and other institutions to address broader social conditions that perpetuate violence in the first place. The Healing Justice Alliance will provide both comprehensive and communications technical assistance for programs supporting victims of violence.


Violence Prevention Alliance / WHO Global Campaign for Violence Prevention

Cure Violence is a member of the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA), a global network of organizations working to prevent violence. Given its magnitude and the number and scope of factors that influence violence, no single agency can solve the violence problem alone. VPA facilitates the establishment of shared, mutually supportive violence prevention strategies across agencies.  This sharing of strategies and the resulting improved coordination will ensure independent efforts reinforce each other, while also providing a unified voice to influence local, national and international policy changes. 


Participant Media / 2015 Award-Winning Film A Most Violent Year

Participant Media is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing and digital content that inspires social change. Participant’s more than 60 films include Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., Waiting for ‘Superman’, The Help, Contagion and Lincoln. Each Participant Media film is accompanied by a social action campaign. An organization or movement whose values and activities resonate with the film is highlighted and helped to achieve its mission. Cure Violence has been selected as the partner for Participant’s latest award-winning film A Most Violent Year to launch a national campaign “We Can Cure Violence!”  to bring together Cure Violence partners, federal, state and municipal policy leaders, foundations, universities and others to raise awareness and drive people to take action to implement a health approach to violence prevention. TakePart is Participant’s digital news and lifestyle magazine and social action platform for the conscious consumer.


Without Violence

Without Violence aims to develop more effective communications strategies that can help broaden and deepen engagement with the issue of violence against children. Cure Violence will be participating in a 12- month capacity-building program with Without Violence to strengthen our communications and advocacy skills with the strategic goal of shifting the thinking and the practice related to preventing and reducing violence.


Search for Common Ground

In 2013 Search launched a campaign to raise awareness among youth about the need to end violent conflict.  This campaign is part of what we hope will become a larger movement to more fully interrupt and stop the spread of violence using our innovative disease-control approach.


Igarape Institute

Cure Violence is partnering with Igarape to utilize their Child Safety Index to measure children’s exposure to violence in our program sites.

 

 


University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

Cure Violence is affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.  Gary Slutkin, M.D., its Founder & Executive Director, is a Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at UIC.

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