Weekly News Roundup: Cities Are Making Violence Prevention a Priority in 2014

Interrupting the Transmission of Violence (Stanford Social Innovation Review): Cure Violence is an organization—and it’s also an innovative idea: Violence is a contagious disease that we can treat through epidemic control methods. Our founder Dr. Gary Slutkin talks about the health approach to reducing violence.

Uniform Crime Report Shows Decrease in South Jersey Offenses (South Jersey Times): While overall crime in New Jersey went down last year, murders increased, shining the light on need for continued improvement in preventing shootings and killings. Some parts of New Jersey, like Camden County, have partnered with Cure Violence to help prevent such violence.

Combined Efforts Working to Stem Oakland’s Crime (Inside Bay Area): In an op-ed, violence prevention expert, David Muhammed, draws a connection between the city of Oakland’s recommitment to its core violence reduction strategy, Oakland CeaseFire, and the lowest homicide rates since 2004.

Combatting the Contagion of Violence in Pakistan (Cure Violence Blog): In a thought provoking guest blog, civil society activist, Zaheer Maseed, shares his thoughts on why the Cure Violence model might be the most effective approach to ending the cycle of violence in his home country of Pakistan.

Cook: If We Can Stop Smallpox… (Times Free Press): Columnist, David Cook, encourages readers to see violence for what it really is—a contagious disease.

The Power of Partnership: Cutting-edge Partnerships, Decades in the Making (Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers): Our partners at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have helped nourish innovative ideas like Cure Violence for more than 20 years through their Local Funding Partnerships program, which is highlighted in the article.

Boston Mayor Focusing on Violence Prevention (NECN): In a city where half of high school students know someone who has been murdered, newly elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is already making violence prevention a top priority for the city.