The Research and Evaluation Center is assessing the implementation of gun violence reduction initiatives in New York City neighborhoods. With funds awarded from the New York City Council, the project is tracking the formation and deployment of gun violence reduction strategies in five areas: South Bronx, Harlem, Jamaica (Queens), North Shore of Staten Island, and East New York.
According to Council Speaker Christine Quinn: “These pilot programs are the first step in what I hope will be an approach we take in every corner of this city. Furthermore, by addressing both the demand and supply sides of gun violence, I believe we can not only save lives, we can transform the potential of young people headed down the wrong path” (Press Release, December 21, 2012).
Each pilot program incorporates the shooting incident crisis management system recommended by the 2012 report from the Council-sponsored Task Force to Combat Gun Violence. The crisis management approach is designed to provide immediate support after violence occurs and to engage community members in educational and prevention efforts to reduce and de-escalate future incidents. Each project is also expected to implemement the public health oriented violence-reduction strategy known as Cure Violence, which was developed at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Finally, additional support services are to be connected with each Cure Violence program to provide needed supports for at-risk youth, their families, and communities, including mental health services, school based conflict mediation services, job training and placement services, and legal services.
Jeffrey Butts (PI), Ric Curtis, Sheyla Delgado, Ernest Drucker, Richard Glover, Laura Negredo, Charles Orrett, Jeremy Porter, Rhoda Ramdeen, Kathy Tomberg
$250,000. New York City Council
Brendan Cheney, Council Staff Liaison