Testimonials

Hear from people who have seen the Cure Violence Health Model firsthand – and have witnessed its effectiveness.

Chief Charlie Beck

Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department

Cure Violence Board Member

I’ve seen this work; I’m in the middle of watching this work.
I firmly believe in it.

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Prof. Daniel Webster

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence

Evaluator of Cure Violence program in Baltimore

Dr. Webster led the evaluation of Baltimore’s Cure Violence replication, Safe Streets.

I just shook my head in disbelief at what they could do, that the program staff were able to sit down and get people to work out their differences…. [V]iolence interrupters are asked to go into the most dangerous neighborhoods, in the most dangerous cities in the U.S., at the most dangerous times, to get people to stop shooting each other. And they’re going in unarmed. Yet, they go in, and they do it. And it works. It’s really changed my view about what’s possible.

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Andrea Zopp

CEO Chicago Urban League

I know Cure Violence is effective, because in 2008, the Cure Violence site had funding issues; its funding was cut. In some neighborhoods that summer, in particular Roseland on the south side, the shooting went up, dramatically. It was a very vivid example of what happens when the workers are present and not present.

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Reverend Marshall Hatch

New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago

During the lean times [when funding was unavailable], Cure Violence workers volunteered their time because they were that passionate about it. It was about more than money. It had to do with the sense of worth that people felt, in that what they were doing was really important in the community.

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Jerry Chlada, Jr.

Deputy Superintendent, Cicero Police Department (IL)

The Cure Violence Cicero program has been a big help. When there are problems in the community between the different gangs, we sit down with Cure Violence Cicero workers and get them on board. Their interrupters and outreach workers get in the middle the conflict and calm the storms before they erupt into bigger problems. They are a great asset.

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Scott Lassar

Former US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago

Partner Sidley Austin, LLP

Cure Violence Board Member

I was on the board because I was a U.S. Attorney. It’s been ten years since I was a U.S. Attorney, and I voluntarily stayed on the board because I think the model does work.

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Richard Devine

Former State's Attorney for Cook County, IL

I would strongly encourage anyone that’s having a violent crime problem, especially in an urban area to look very closely at Cure Violence.

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