A non-partisan non-profit organization working to make criminal justice
and public safety policies and practices more effective through innovation,
research, and education.
Youth Gun Violence Prevention
Understanding What Works
Youth gun violence is a systemic problem and we must gain a better understanding of the severe, persistent needs and life experiences of youth and what is effective in stopping violence.
Utilizing a needs and strengths-based approach, we developed a custom database for 29 NY Cure Violence sites that captures the needs and life experiences of youth involved in violence, such as:
Equipping decision-makers with comprehensive information is essential, as we cannot truly prevent gun violence without addressing root causes.
Changing the Narrative
Black youth disclose an average of three losses of loved ones to homicide starting in early childhood and with increasing frequency during the teen and young adult years.
Communities experiencing the most gun violence overlap with areas of concentrated disadvantage, showing that poverty, inequality and violence all go hand in hand. For example, communities that suffer from persistent violence also have poorer health outcomes such as increased heart disease, stress related illness, miscarriages and infant mortality.
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