Friday News Roundup: 1 Year Without Violence, RWJF Invests in Young Men of Color, and Is Violence a Contagious Disease?

This week we launch our first Friday News Roundup, a weekly recap of national and local headlines that highlight important or interesting developments in the violence prevention community and celebrate the success of Cure Violence and our partners.

It's time for our Friday News Roundup. (Image courtesy of Creative Commons)

It’s time for our Friday News Roundup. (Image courtesy of Creative Commons)

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CDC: Youth Homicides Reach 30-Year Low (US News): Homicide rates for children and young adults reached a 30-year low in 2010, according to a report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “These findings indicate the need for increased use of youth violence prevention strategies, especially approaches that engage high-risk youth,” the report says.

After Trayvon, 10 Reasons for Hope (Culture of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation): Earlier this month, one of Cure Violence’s largest funders announced a new initiative–Forward Promise–that commits a $5 million investment to support 10 initiatives around the country to improve the health of young men of color and improve their chances for success.

No Shootings or Killings for 363 Days, but the Fight Is Far From Over (New York Times): Cure Violence partner site, Man Up!, in East New York/Brooklyn, celebrates a year without deadly violence.

To Reduce Baltimore’s Gun Violence, Invest in Strategies that Work (Baltimore Sun): in addition to making reducing gun violence its top priority, Baltimore must fully commit to evidence based strategies–like Cure Violence partner site, Safe Streets Baltimore—to accomplish this task.

Law Enforcement Today Asks: Is Violence a Contagious Disease? (reprinted on the Cure Violence blog): If we view violence as an isolated act of madness or evil, our responses are limited to building more mental hospitals and prisons. Taking a more complex view—including exploring the possibility that violent impulses can spread from one person to another—opens up more options for crime prevention.

Finding the Cure for Violence, Grand Rapids City Leaders Look to Chicago (Fox17 West Michigan): Grand Rapids city leaders want to take a different approach to handling violence—they want to handle it like a public health issue, and are considering an investment in Cure Violence.

The Guide (Cure Violence): Grey Meyers, an outreach worker and violence interrupter at SNUG, Cure Violence’s partner in Yonkers, NY, overcame addiction and a life sentence—now helps youth in his community avoid making the same mistakes.