Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake held a press conference yesterday to announce an evaluation of Safe Streets, a Cure Violence replication, conducted by Johns Hopkins University. This is the first rigorous external evaluation of a Cure Violence replication and demonstrates successful results for reducing violence in all four neighborhoods where it was implemented. Dr. Daniel Webster, lead author of the study and deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, presented the three year study of four historically violent neighborhoods—McElderry Park, Elwood Park, Madison-Eastend, Cherry Hill—showing a statistically significant decline in either homicides or nonfatal shootings or both in each of the communities.
In one neighborhood killings were reduced by 56% and shootings by 34%, in another neighborhood killings were reduced by 53%, and in the two other neighborhoods, shootings were reduced by 34 and 43%.
Two other findings were extremely interesting and important to our work. First, the positive effects (less shootings and/or killings or both) diffused into the neighboring communities as well as people not even involved in the program directly. In other words, high-risk people in the neighborhoods where the Cure Violence model is being implemented were changing their thinking and attitudes toward violence even if we weren’t directly working with them.
Check out the replorting on these results:
- NewPublicHealth: http://blog.rwjf.org/publichealth/2012/01/11/study-ceasefire-model-can-stop-epidemic-of-gun-violence-replicated-in-baltimore/
- Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bal-city-hopkins-to-expand-safe-streets-intervention-program-20120111,0,275517.story?track=rss
- Associated Press:http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/2091a312e461409885
- ABC 2: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/region/baltimore_city/baltimore-expands-anti-violence-program
- Health Canal: http://www.healthcanal.com/public-health-safety/25372-Safe-Streets-Baltimore-Program-Reduced-Gun-Violence-Targeted-Neighborhoods.html