CureViolence, an initiative of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention at the University of Illinois at Chicago, offers an evidence-based approach to reducing violence. CureViolence relies on five key components: outreach and conflict mediation, community mobilization, public education, faith leader involvement, and law enforcement participation.
CureViolence launched its first site as CeaseFire in West Garfield Park in 2000 and has since expanded to 24 sites in Illinois. In the CureViolence model, direct services start immediately in the emergency department, when Responders offer violently injured patients links to counseling, Crime Victim Compensation, employment, housing, education assistance, and case management services upon their release.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has held up CureViolence (then named CeaseFire) as an example of “a rational, data-driven, evidence-based, smart approach to crime – the kind of approach that this Administration is dedicated to pursuing and supporting.” Citing an independent, three-year evaluation that demonstrated that the CeaseFire model helped reduce shootings and killings by 41% to 73%, Holder said that CeaseFire teaches us that “public health must be part of a partnership in public safety.”