Cure Violence & Law Enforcement – Complementary Approaches to Reducing Violence

The implementation of the Cure Violence model includes a relationship with law enforcement. The relationship differs at different levels and across the sites where the model is implemented. Although the relationships vary, they all reflect a number of guiding principles which include the understanding that both law enforcement and the health approach are (1) working on the same issue in the same areas, (2) have the primary interest of reducing violence and making neighborhoods safer, (3) focused on working with communities, and (4) rely on data to guide implementation.

There is a common understanding that there is a need for more than one intervention to solve any problem. Whether the aim is to reduce poverty, violence, or motor vehicle fatalities, each sector needs to understand what the other does to ensure best synergies. Communities, Cure Violence, and Law Enforcement are working with the highest risk from different angles at the same time. There needs to be communication at multiple levels for different aspects of the work. The following is a diagram of the ways the relationship between Cure Violence and Law Enforcement works in some cities:

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