We are thrilled to announce that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council today announced an expanded citywide initiative to reduce gun violence, which essentially triples the Cure Violence program in New York City. This $12.7 million initiative—funded jointly by the de Blasio administration and the City Council—expands Cure Violence from 5 to 14 precincts which account for 51% of shootings in the city.
“While New York remains the safest big city in the nation and crime has continued to drop citywide, gun violence remains a challenge,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “With this initiative, we are creating a focused effort incorporating mental health services, legal services, after-school programs—using models of proven success and targeting the communities where nearly half of the city’s shootings occur—into our effort to reduce gun violence and create a safer New York.”
Our Cure Violence national training staff has worked very closely with the NYC Department of Health since 2009, and we am extremely proud of their efforts. New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, touted their efforts as well in the news release. “What started out as a City Council pilot program in five high-need communities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, has now been expanded to provide comprehensive violence prevention and deescalation services in 10 more at-risk neighborhoods,” said Viverito.
Interestingly, NYC included the creation of an anti-violence program training academy to train neighborhood-based anti-gun violence providers to ensure consistency and fidelity to the Cure Violence model of community-based anti-violence3 work.
The Cure Violence model is currently active in 25 cities in the United States as well as several international cities. The initiative announced in New York City today will establish NYC as the largest and most comprehensive Cure Violence program in the U.S.
For more information, visit the New York City website.