Cure Violence City Sites

The Cure Violence model has been implemented by several cities that have found funding without assistance from their state and have worked with the Cure Violence team to implement the program.

 Cure Violence City Sites

 Baltimore, MD (Safe Streets)

Safe Streets was the first Cure Violence replication site outside of Illinois, launched in 2007 by the Baltimore City Health Department with a hospital program at Johns Hopkins. The program is in four communities – McElderry Park, Elwood Park, Madison-Eastend, and Cherry Hill.

Two of these cities have been implementing the Cure Violence program for some time and are implemented by city health departments – Baltimore and Kansas City. The remaining sites have either been implemented in the last 2 years or will be implemented for the first time this year – New Orleans, Oakland, Philadelphia, Camden, San Antonio, Wilmington, and Loiza, PR. An independent evaluation found that the program significantly reduced shootings and killing (up to 50%) and that the program was associated with a lower acceptance of use of gun. In 2013 the program had 713 mediations across 4 sites.

Camden, NJ

Camden is a new site funded through the OJJDP that started in 2014.

Kansas City, MO (Aim4Peace)

Aim4Peace was started in January 2008 and is implemented by the Kansas City Health Department in the Police Department’s East Patrol District with a hospital program through Truman Medical Center. The site was awarded an OJJDP grant in 2013, which allowed them to expand and cover approximately 30 percent of the city’s problem areas.

Between 2012 and 2013, homicides dropped significantly in the combined Aim 4 Peace zones (Sector 330 and Beat 324) from 19 in 2012 to 9 in 2013, a 52.6% decrease. Between 2008 and 2013, program staff mediated 235 conflicts, and 268 high risk individuals participated in the outreach component of the program.  During 2012-2014, first-time participant surveys were conducted with 13 individuals who had participated in the program within the past three years, and the results were encouraging:
♦The most pervasive needs of participants when starting the program  were in the areas of employment (69% of respondents) and education (54%).
♦On average, 80% indicated self-identified needs to be supported through the program were met through program-facilitated services.
♦Almost all of the survey participants (93%) indicated they were somewhat or very satisfied with their ability to mediate a conflict without resorting to violence.
♦85% of survey participants indicated that they felt the program had positively impacted their lives.

New Orleans, LA (New Orleans CeaseFire)

CeaseFire started operations in January 2012 with staff operational in April 2012 with funding by the city, Wisner Donation, Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Team, Kellogg Foundation, and Baptist Community Ministries. The program is implemented by the city and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and operates in Central City with a hospital program at LSU funded.

The target area saw reductions in shootings and homicides in 2013, including 200 plus days without a killing. They recorded 30 conflict mediated in 2013.

Philadelphia, PA (Philly CeaseFire)

In August 2012, Temple School of Medicine began implementing the model in two sites in the 22nd district with funding from the state of Pennsylvania and a grant from OJJDP. They mediated 36 conflicts in 2013 and had large reductions in their target area.  Learn more about their work at

San Antonio, TX

This is one of our newer sites.  Check back for updates.

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