February 2013 E-Newsletter – Cure Violence named #9 in Top 100 NGOs for 2013

Cure Violence Named #9 in the Top 100 NGOs for 2013

For the second year in a row, Cure Violence was named among Global Journal’s Top 100 NGOs, moving up to #9 for 2013. The only international ranking of its kind, the Journal’s Top 100 NGOs shines a spotlight on “dynamic, innovative and inspiring” NGOs and is used to inform policy-makers, businesses, academics and non-profit leaders. The Global Journal considered a pool of 450 NGOs for its Top 100 list which was released January 23 in a special issue.

Success in New York City

A third evaluation of the Cure Violence model, this one of our replication site in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, showed a 6% drop in gun violence in the target area during the evaluation period (January 2010 through May 2012). In their executive summary, evaluators from the Center for Court Innovation, state that “The 6% decline … was not statistically significant in and of itself, but when compared with the upward trend in the comparison precincts, the relative difference between Crown Heights and the other neighborhoods was significant. 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.”  Read more 

On the global stage: Advocating to end violence for children 

Cure Violence founder and Executive Director Dr. Gary Slutkin joined global leaders in Davos, Switzerland in late January to demonstrate their resolve to end violence in the lives of young children.

The conference was sponsored byBernard van Leer Foundation. Prior to the conference, Michael Feigelson, Programme Director for the Bernard van Leer Foundation wrote in The Huffington Post: “If we are to succeed in our collective resolve to end the cycle of violence, we need to change the behavior of the youth and adults who model violence behavior. Focusing support on only the youngest children, while essential, is not enough. Read more on what it will take for us as a nation to effectively address the problem of gun violence in our country.

Washington Post cites Cure Violence as part of “meaningful action” on reducing gun violence

Increasing public health funding was one of four proposals for reducing gun violence put forth by Washington Post writer Sarah Kliff in the wake of the Newton school shooting in a December 15 post. She noted the success of Cure Violence’s approach, which as one of the successful approaches to reducing homicides in violent neighborhoods. Increasing public health funding was one of four actions that merit serious consideration. Read more

Wired asks: “Is It Time to Treat Violence Like a Contagious Disease?”

Wired Science reporter and freelance journalist Brandon Keim writes: “The idea that violence is contagious doesn’t appear in the Obama administration’s gun control plan, nor in the National Rifle Association’s arguments. But some scientists believe that understanding the literally infectious nature of violence is essential to preventing it.

“To say violence is a sickness that threatens public health isn’t just a figure of speech, they argue. It spreads from person to person, a germ of an idea that causes changes in the brain, thriving in certain social conditions.

“A century from now, people might look back on violence prevention in the early 21st century as we now regard the primitive cholera prevention efforts in the early 19th century, when the disease was considered a product of filth and immorality rather than a microbe. Read more

Did you know?

Globally, some 526,000 people died violently each year, according to a 2011 report from the Global Burden of Armed Violence. Just 55,000 people die in war zones in the same period. Even more striking: roughly 396,000 of all violence-related deaths occur in so-called peaceful and, in most cases, affluent countries – including the United States.