Friday News Roundup: Cure Violence goes to the E.R., Anti-Violence Campaigns Get Creative, and Experts Contemplate Relationship Between Health, Violence


Retaliation Prevention Starts by Working With Victims in the ER (Fox 8 LiveNew Orleans, Louisiana): A new CeaseFire New Orleans Hospital Crisis Intervention Team is launching at the interim LSU Hospital Trauma Unit. Fox 8 looks at how the organization works with doctors to identify potential retaliatory violence, and prevent it before it becomes deadly.

More Gangs, Fewer Gang Homicides (The Crime Report): A new survey from OJJDP reports that the total number of gangs is rising, but gang-related homicides are declining. A new report digs deeper to try and learn what these numbers mean.

[ENOUGH] Mental Health Disparities Endanger Chicago’s Youth (EBONY magazine): As Chicago shutters mental health institutions across the city, advocate Dr. Carl C. Bell raises concerns over the closures’ impact on local violence rates.

New Campaign Combats Violence with Community Voices ( A new poster campaign in Boston is designed to combat violence in the community. In addition to posters featuring actual members of the community expressing how they have been personally affected by local violence, the innovative program also incorporates place-based violence interrupters and support services for high-risk youth and families.

Chicago Area Takes Center Stage in New Anti-Violence Videos (Chicago Northwest Parenting Examiner): Cure Violence and other anti-violence organizations are partnering with Chicago-based Sterling Rock Productions for a series of new anti-school violence films.

Emergency Intervention (Winnipeg Free Press): A research project at Winnipeg, Canada’s Health Sciences Centre this fall will evaluate its Emergency Department Violence Intervention Program (ED-VIP). Scroll down to read about how Gary Slutkin and Cure Violence influenced the center’s approach to violence as a public health issue.

By Focusing on Health, a Community Goes From ‘Little Vietnam’ to Vibrant and Thriving (The Huffington Post): How does where we live, learn, work and play impact our lifespan? One community in Atlanta explored how the social determinants of health–like the availability of healthy foods and safe places to live–influence their health outcomes.

Top Cop: Chicago Fighting Perception as Murder Capital (NBC 5 Chicago): Chicago’s police superintendent announced that, despite continued violence, progress is being made, with murder rates at their lowest in decades.

How to End Violence: Collaborate! (Cure Violence blog): Even when the numbers show a reduction in violence, it’s still a very real problem. In this post, we explore a few ways different sectors can band together to change our thinking and learn to approach and end violence in new ways.

The Next Generation of Documentary Filmmakers Enters College (PBS’s POV blog): Kati Perez, 18, from Bronx, NY is one of three incoming freshman profiled in this piece on aspiring documentarians. Kati cited a viewing of The Interrupters at her high school as her initial reason for becoming a filmmaker.