Cure Violence Illinois (Cure Violence Chicago)

13 sites – 1 city
Cure Violence Illinois is the Illinois branch of the Cure Violence Organization, which has operated in Chicago, Springfield, Rockford, Cicero, Maywood, North Chicago, Waukegan, and East St.Louis. Currently the program is active in Chicago.


Chicago was the first city to implement the Cure Violence model, and the state of Illinois is the first state to fund and implement a multi-city Cure Violence program. Cure Violence began as the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention in 1995, and implemented its first program, known as CeaseFire, in 2000 in West Garfield Park, a community with one of the highest rates of violence in Chicago. Within a year, shootings fell by 67 percent. Five more replications of the new model in Logan Square, Auburn Gresham, West Humboldt Park, Rogers Park, and Southwest averaged a 42% drop in shootings in their first year.  In 2004, the work was expanded to 16 communities, and Chicago had a 25% drop in killings with a 50% drop in the Cure Violence zones. An independent evaluation sponsored by the US Department of Justice and conducted by Northwestern University concluded that Cure Violence intervention led to reductions in shootings of up to 70%. The program had programs in 14 to 18 communities from 2004 to 2015, with a few interruptions in funding due to state budget lapses.  In March 2015, all state funding was cut and one 1 program site remained, in addition to the hospital sites.  While the rest of the city had a historic increase in violence, the one Cure Violence community that continued to operate maintained reductions. The name of the Chicago program was changed from CeaseFire Chicago to Cure Violence Chicago in March 2018.  Read more about the history of the program in Chicago and its correlations with trend in violence.

Current Program

In 2017, funding returned and the program is now implemented in 13 communities and four trauma centers. Currently, in partnership with local community based organizations, the program operates in West Englewood, Grand Crossing, South Shore, Auburn Gresham, Roseland, North Lawndale, Humboldt Park, South Chicago, Rogers Park, Uptown, Little Village, Southwest, and Grand Blvd. as well as in four major trauma centers in Chicago – Advocate Christ Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Stroger Hospital of Cook County, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


A National Institute of Justice funded evaluation led by Northwestern University showed statistically significant results across all seven communities, reductions in shootings and killings of 41% to 73%, reductions in shooting hot spots of up to 40%, and the elimination of retaliation killings in 5 of 8 communities.

In 2013, the McCormick Foundation commissioned a quantitative and a qualitative evaluation of the 2012/2013 Cure Violence program in four target police beats in two Chicago neighborhoods, North Lawndale and Woodlawn. The Cure Violence intervention in the targeted districts was associated with a 38% greater decrease in homicides, 1% greater decrease in total violent crimes (including domestic violence), and a 15% greater decrease in shootings as compared to districts that did not receive intervention.

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