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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Reverend Marshall Hatch

New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago

These interrupters are real heroes in the communities. What we see on the news happens when nobody interrupted the violence, and what we don’t see on the news is often because the interrupters were successful in preventing a shooting from happening in the first place.

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Andrea Zopp

Deputy Mayor and Chief Neighborhood Development Officer; former CEO Chicago Urban League

I know Cure Violence is effective.

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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MPH

Former President & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Cure Violence model has not only saved thousands of lives in cities like Chicago, New York, and Baltimore; it also has given hope to millions by demonstrating that violence can be stopped using the strategies of public health. We will never achieve a Culture of Health if our culture of violence goes unchecked.

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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 …. And it works. It’s really changed my view about what’s possible.

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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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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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Jerry Chlada, Jr.

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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