We Can End the Violence.

'The Interrupters' is a critically acclaimed 2011 documentary telling the story of three Cure Violence workers who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. It examines a year in which Chicago drew national headlines for violence and murder that plagued the city.

Over the past year, “The Interrupters” brought this message that we can end violence into more than 100 cities across the country, numerous venues around the world and into the homes of more than 2.4 million Americans when it aired on Frontline in February.

In April – May 2012, the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, convened a two-day workshop with more than two dozen professionals and experts in a broad range of fields to consider violence from a new perspective. While the theory has been a central part of Cure Violence’s thinking since inception, having leading experts in their respective fields apply the perspective to different manifestations of the same disease— self-directed, interpersonal, family, domestic, political and ethnic violence—was a truly momentous endorsement of the theory. Cure Violence’s bold vision that violence can be stopped if it is understood and treated in this way gained new ground from the historic event.

Cure Violence was named one of the “Top 100 Best NGOs” Ranked first among violence prevention organizations worldwide.

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Cure Violence has made an impact in communities in several cities. See examples of how our approach has reduced violence and helped transform lives.


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