Using A Public Health Approach
The Cure Violence Model is an evidence-based approach and views violence like a preventable disease which can anticipate where violence may occur, reduce the risk of violence by intervening before it erupts, and change the community norms. Trained staff from the community prevents shootings and killings by detecting and interrupting lethal conflicts in the community and mediating them to a peaceful end. Workers help to change behaviors of community members by challenging their thinking on the use of violence, providing critical support, and connecting individuals with job opportunities and social services. Staff also works to shift community norms by organizing community activities and spread positive norms.
Multiple evaluation have shown the impact of the Cure Violence model in reducing shooting, violent confrontations and killings in multiple cities across the United States with reductions up to 70%. To find out more go to www.cureviolence.org
Cure Violence Health Approach Handout
Pivot to Peace Program
A hospital based program providing the opportunity for victims of stabbings and gunshot injuries, with the assistance of Case Workers and other community resources, to identify and address the factors in their lives that have put them at risk for violence. The Pivot to Peace program is a collaboration between University of Louisville Hospital, the No More Red Dots program, and Peace Education program. It is an opportunity to turn their lives around and make a change. Participants receive hospital-linked violence intervention and community wraparound case management services, including mental health support and training in nonviolent conflict resolution for participants and family members. Find out more at https://peaceeducationprogram.org/pivot-to-peace/
“Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” - Yehuda Bauer
The purpose of community walks is to end violence by developing unity in the community and build long-lasting relationships within the community. On a regular basis, Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods staff members will convene with partnering Community Based Organizations to pass out promotional materials about events and available resources. If you want to find out more about the next community walk, please contact Maryam Ahmed via our Information Request form and she will connect with you.