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Community Violence Interventions Need More Investments

Cities where community anti-violence initiatives are operating are reporting promising results, but experts believe they are not yet proved to be "evidence-based" and replicated elsewhere. Community Violence Intervention (CVI) strategies have been implemented in cities across the U.S. to reduce crime, primarily gun violence.

Without more support of politicians and investment in resources and research, CVI strategies to prevent gun violence loses the chance of being an "evidence-based" model in a nation where many thousands of citizens died from gun-related injuries in 2020.

CVI strategies require the work of multiple supporters, the most crucial being those who are part of the communities where they are seeking to bring change. "The people closer to the problems are the ones closer to the solutions," said Isabel Rojas of the National Network for Safe Communities at a webinar Wednesday sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute of Government on deploying community gun violence initiatives.

Local leaders and experts operate separately from law enforcement and traditional social services to create tighter-knit communities to minimize gun violence more effectively.

For instance, the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) has a crisis management system in place to work with high-risk youth and young adults. This strategy involves utilizing local partner organizations that have community trust provide crucial services and life guidance to those who have the highest incidents of gun violence, said MOCJ's Deanna Logan.

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