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'A revolutionary form of peace': Anti-gun violence leaders kick off Peace Week
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
January 15, 2020

More than 100 anti-violence activists and nonprofit leaders from across New York City gathered on the steps of City Hall Wednesday to kick off the 10th Annual New York Peace Week.

Strengthening Public Safety through Community Empowerment
Center for American Progress
October 2, 2019

The "tough on crime" policy agenda that rose to popularity in the 1980s and 1990s left a damaging and enduring legacy across the country, especially in communities of color.

Can the 'Emerging Science of Violence Prevention' Build Safer Communities?
The Crime Report
June 19, 2019

It takes more than law enforcement to reduce violence in troubled neighborhoods, a conference on the "emerging science of violence prevention" was told June 18.

'Hurt People Hurt People:' A Lesson in Preventing Tragedy
The Crime Report
June 19, 2019

In order to make a substantial impact on the safety of struggling neighborhoods, advocates and law enforcement must focus on identifying and healing those who are most vulnerable to violence, a conference at John Jay College was told Tuesday.

Groups and officials meet about preventing gun violence
Fox 5 News
June 3, 2019

Organizations from all over the city came together at the municipal building in Manhattan for gun violence awareness month. They talked about what's been accomplished and what needs to be done.

With Plunging Crime Rate, New York Experts Dreaming Big
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
May 9, 2019

When the moderator informally polled the audience at a criminal justice discussion held at the New York Law School on whether probation and parole should be abolished, almost half the audience — mostly criminal justice practitioners and stakeholders — raised their hands.

Bronx Program Wins $1 Million to Replicate Detention Alternative in ...
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
February 1, 2019

"I think it's a legendary and great accomplishment for the Bronx to be at the forefront of creating what is going to be a national model," said Eric Cumberbatch, the ...

Ex-Gang Members, City Team Up To Stop Gun Violence In Fort Greene
Patch.com
January 18, 2019

... already on the community" in a way other city-run programs might not, said Eric Cumberbatch, executive director of the Mayor's Office to Prevent Gun Violence.

City launches #PeaceNYC campaign to help end gun violence
Metro
October 29, 2018

For the past year, the Office to Prevent Gun Violence has been on the front lines in the 17 neighborhoods across the five boroughs that account for more than half of the city's gun violence.

Brownsville Youth Paint 'Soles for Peace' Against Gun Violence
BK Reader
August 16, 2018

With a single white sneaker as their canvass, attendees were encouraged to express their feelings about gun violence and their visions for peace.

City announces funding for new anti-violence initiatives
News12 Brooklyn
July 10, 2018

The Mayor's Office to Prevent Gun Violence has unveiled $34 million in new initiatives that it believes will ultimately save lives citywide

New York City to Roll Out Buses of Peacekeepers After Violence in Communities
Wall Street Journal
July 5, 2018

New York City will spend $1.8 million this year to roll out "mobile trauma units," or buses filled with counselors and peacekeepers, to crime scenes throughout the city in an effort to ease tensions in communities after acts of violence.

From Awareness to Action: Combating The Epidemic of Gun Violence
Gotham Gazette
July 3, 2018

Throughout June, we observed Gun Violence Awareness Month. In the year since we last marked this occasion, 33,000 people lost their lives to gun violence in this country.

Treat Gun Violence Like A Public Health Crisis, One Program Says
NPR
March 8, 2017

As gun violence continues to plague some of Chicago's neighborhoods, a violence prevention program is looking to tackle the issue by treating it like a public health crisis.

NYC Dives Into Tough Neighborhoods, Emerges as Safest Big City
Bloomberg
February 5, 2018
Just a few years ago, violence was so rampant at Tompkins Houses in Brooklyn, New York, that residents referred to the walkway that cuts through the public-housing complex as Death Valley.

Community Briefings Part of NYPD's Gang Takedown Effort
NY1
November 10, 2017
More than 2,000 people have been arrested in a continuing NYPD crackdown on violent street gangs. In the past, police did not care much about the reaction mass arrests can cause in neighborhoods. That's not the case any more. NY1 criminal justice reporter Dean Memminger has more in the third and final part of his series.

The Effects of Cure Violence in the South Bronx and East New York, Brooklyn
John Jay Research and Evaluation Center
October 2nd, 2017
In Denormalizing Violence: A Series of Reports From the John Jay College Evaluation of Cure Violence Programs in New York City
New York City launches its first Cure Violence program— which uses community outreach to interrupt violence—in 2010 with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice. Today, there are 18 programs around the city. This report examines two of them: Man Up! Inc. in East New York, Brooklyn; and Save Our Streets South Bronx. Each of the two neighborhoods was compared with another neighborhood that had similar demographics and crime trends but no Cure Violence program. As detailed in this report, the comparisons provide promising evidence that the public health approach to violence reduction championed by Cure Violence may be capable of creating safe and healthy communities.

A Plan to Combat Gun Violence That Doesn't Focus on Guns
Governing
August 29, 2017
New York City is taking an innovative approach that relies on street-level "violence interrupters" to curb crimes involving weapons. Chicago's been doing it for years.