Cure Violence Global

Let's Make the Cure Contagious!

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In the few short years since its launch in Chicago in 2000, Cure Violence has transformed approaches to violence prevention in cities around the world. The key to the organization’s success and scalability is its theory that violence shares the same trajectory as infectious diseases. Following this logic, Cure Violence applies a public health strategy to violence prevention. The organization stops violence transmission at the source by interrupting conflict, identifying high-risk behaviors, and altering norms so that fewer people become infected by violence in the first place. In practical terms, Cure Violence achieves this goal by applying an innovative model developed over five years at the University of Illinois at Chicago by its founder, epidemiologist Gary Slutkin. The organization identifies those most at risk and “treats” this core group using a staff of highly trained violence interrupters drawn from the communities most affected by violence. These interrupters, among them former perpetrators of violence such as local gang members, disrupt conflicts before they break out and educate their communities about the consequences of violent behavior.

By reframing the problem of violence and using evidence-based methods to solve it, Cure Violence has achieved proven results, with a 16-34% reduction in shootings directly attributed to its programs. Today, Cure Violence interrupters intervene directly in a dozen countries and have provided training to representatives of many others. The organization’s approach continues to gain traction in many hotbeds of violence. Though it started as an academic project, Cure Violence exemplifies the true benefits of the nonprofit model. The organization is not only interested in efficiency and impact. It is also raising an important question: what other category of institution – governments or for-profit organizations, for instance – could do a better job?

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Cure Violence Global
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Cure Violence
Cure Violence Global
Let's Make the Cure Contagious!
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Chicago, IL | USA
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1329 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60612
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Cure Violence Global
1329 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60612
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Charlie Ransford
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Gary Slutkin, M.D.
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Cure Violence was founded in 1995 by Dr. Gary Slutkin, former head of the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) Intervention Development Unit. Upon Dr. Slutkin’s return to the U.S., he became concerned about the epidemic of gun violence in Chicago. Observing the ways in which gun shootings and homicides clustered and spread in communities, he became convinced that the issue of violence is fundamentally misdiagnosed and developed an epidemiological approach to arrest and prevent it.

This approach is grounded in an understanding that violence follows a contagious process, and can therefore be prevented using disease control and behavior change methods. The Cure Violence model focuses on: 1) violence detection and interruption; 2) behavior change among the highest risk; 3) social norm change.

The first Cure Violence (formerly known as CeaseFire) program was launched in West Garfield Park, one of the most violent communities in Chicago, and was quick to produce results, reducing shootings by 67% in its first year. From 2000-2008, Cure Violence focused its activities in the United States, quickly expanding to Baltimore, New York, New Orleans, Kansas City, and other sites.

In 2008, Cure Violence began its first international adaptation and replication of the methodology in Basra and Sadr City, Iraq. Since then, international programs have been added in Argentina, Canada (Halifax and Alberta), Colombia (Cali), El Salvador (San Salvador and San Pedro Mazawal), Honduras (San Pedro Sula), Jamaica (St. Catherine North and St. James), Lebanon (training for Syria work), Kenya (Nairobi and Rift valley), Mexico (Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City), Morocco, Nigeria (in-country training), South Africa (Hanover Park), Syria (western and northern), Trinidad & Tobago (Port of Spain), United Kingdom (London) and the West Bank. Cure Violence has also provided training in violence prevention techniques to representatives of governments, NGOs and communities from dozens of other countries.  Today, the Cure Violence approach is being implemented in more than 40 cities, across 12 countries and five continents.

Cure Violence provides comprehensive training and technical assistance (TTA) to all adaptation and replication partners. In the past 18 years, application of the model has expanded from addressing community violence in some of the most dangerous cities and neighborhoods in the United States to adaptations that address violence in other countries and cultures such as sectarian and tribal violence and other settings such as schools, refugee camps, conflict zones, juvenile detention facilities and prisons. The model is also being used to design approaches to preventing domestic violence, racial and ethnic violence, ideologically-inspired violence, and mass shootings.

The model has undergone 11 independent evaluations to date, all of which have reported statistically significant reductions in violence. A John Jay College of Criminal Justice evaluation of two New York City neighborhoods operating Cure Violence programs from 2014 to 2016 found steeper declines in acts of gun violence and increases in the expression of pro-social norms compared with similar neighborhoods not operating Cure Violence programs. The study found reductions across all measures, including a 63% reduction in shootings in one community, a 50% reduction in gunshot wounds in the other, less support for the use of violence, and greater confidence in police. A recent evaluation of the Cure Violence program in Port of Spain, Trinidad found substantial and significant reductions in violence due to the program.  The program site in Trinidad had a 45% reduction in violent crime and 23% reduction in calls to police.

The Economist termed the Cure Violence method “the approach that will come to prominence.” In 2012, the Cure Violence approach in Chicago was profiled in an award winning documentary called The Interrupters. The Cure Violence approach is actively promoted in the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Governors’ Association (US), National Institute of Justice (US), and others. Dr. Slutkin is an Ashoka Fellow and senior advisor to the WHO.

The newest and perhaps most ambitious focus of Cure Violence’s work grows out of its increasing awareness that effective implementation of the health model is necessary but not sufficient to engender broad scale and system-wide violence reduction. The ultimate barrier that must be dismantled to achieve this is prevailing norms and misconceptions regarding both the causes of, and effective responses to, the problem of violence. Over the past three years, considerable groundwork has been laid to incubate “The Movement towards Violence as a Health Issue,” a coalition of over 500 leaders from health and other related sectors drawn from over 50 cities and over 100 national organizations committed to changing perceptions, creating comprehensive systems change and promoting policies to support and sustain the work that is saving and improving lives by preventing violence of all forms. The Movement towards Violence as a Health Issue is co-chaired by Dr. Alfred Sommer, Dean Emeritus of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. David Satcher, former U. S. Surgeon General and Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehead School of Medicine, and Dr. Gary Slutkin and Cure Violence staff are facilitating its work.

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Cure Violence and its US and international network program partners derive revenues from a diversity of sources including government (federal, state and local) grants, international and national foundations, contracts for training and technical assistance, Memorandums of Agreements (MOA) with hospitals and private philanthropic contributions. The diversification of the revenue stream for the organization and its network partners has been a key priority of Cure Violence leaders; goals have been met and exceeded, and the organization's funding streams are exceptionally diverse. In fact, the demand for Cure Violence services from cities, communities and international organizations has increased to such an extent that the organization has moved to a "fee for service" contract-based approach with many communities, cities and organizations to further enhance sustainability. Cure Violence also has two donor groups that raise funding from a large network of supporters with which we maintain a close relationship. The Leeuwenhoek League is geared towards our close supporters and the Young Leadership Group cultivates relationships with young leaders.
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Health, Children & Youth, Anti-violence, Community Building, Peacebuilding,

Cure Violence envisions a world without violence. Our mission is to reduce violence globally using disease control and behavior change methods.

Cure Violence is a unique, interdisciplinary health approach to violence prevention. We maintain that the problem of violence is solvable, like other epidemics, when we understand that violence behaves like an infectious disease and, therefore, treat it using health disease control methods. Our approach to stopping shootings, killings and other violent events includes detecting and interrupting the “transmission” of these potentially lethal events; identifying and changing the infectivity (i.e., the thinking and behavior) of the highest potential transmitters (i.e., those involved in or most likely to be involved in violence); and changing community, city and region-wide norms and social expectations so that violence is no longer used in response to differing or conflicting views or interests.

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Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Canada, Syria, the West Bank, and the United States. Cure Violence has provided training to organizations and groups in more than 30 additional countries throughout Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
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Gary Slutkin, MD
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Dr. Gary Slutkin is a physician and epidemiologist formerly of the World Health Organization, the Founder and CEO of Cure Violence, and an innovator in health, behavior change, and data based approaches to local and global health problems. Dr. Slutkin received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency, and infectious disease training at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital, where he was also the Chief Resident in Medicine. Following his infectious disease training, Dr. Slutkin ran the Tuberculosis (TB) Program for San Francisco (1981- 5); moved to Somalia to work on TB and cholera epidemics (1985-7); and was then recruited by the World Health Organization where he worked from 1987 to 1994 with the WHO Global Program on AIDS in over 20 countries, including leading the efforts to start the country AIDS programs for the 13 countries in central and East Africa. He also led WHO’s efforts to reverse the AIDS epidemic in Uganda, and Uganda was the first country to be successful. He was then appointed Director of Intervention Development for WHO (Global Headquarters) responsible for guiding countries in behavior change methods, and where he led their evaluation efforts. Dr. Slutkin shifted his focus when he returned to the U.S. in 1995, and now leads the national and global work on re-defining violence as a contagious health process, pointing out that violence meets the definitions of both contagious and of disease. He also leads the efforts to demonstrate that treating violence as a contagious health epidemic yields strong results. Dr. Slutkin’s work has been featured in the NY Times, the award winning documentary film, “The Interrupters”, and in over a dozen books, most recently in Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn’s book, “A Path Appears”. He has appeared on dozens of television and radio stations, and quoted regularly in leading publications. His national and international awards include the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Public Safety, The Order of Lincoln Award, and the UNICEF Humanitarian of the Year Award. Dr. Slutkin speaks regularly at local, national and global forums including The World Bank, Institute of Medicine, Davos World Economic Forum, UNICEF, the UN, as well as corporate, religious, health and law enforcement conferences. He is a Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Global Ashoka fellow, and is a senior advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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