When an individual is victimized by gun violence, it increases the likelihood that they will be victimized again and/or become a perpetrator of gun violence themselves, starting a cycle of violence and justice system involvement. In recent years, some states and cities have deployed evidence-informed and targeted community-based violence intervention strategies in an attempt to break this cycle of violence. These strategies include focused deterrence, cognitive behavioral therapy, hospital-based intervention, and street outreach - all designed to minimize justice system involvement for young people and reduce gun violence in struggling neighborhoods.
The Violence Intervention focus area is new to the program, sitting at the intersection of gun violence prevention and justice reform and complementing the strategies and priorities of these focus areas.
Goal: Advance the policy and practice of violence intervention.
- Build the research base supporting violence intervention, including identification of best practices for design, delivery and funding of programs
- Elevate the practice of violence intervention through the professional development of a new community of practitioners, and support expert technical assistance in our region
- Support policies to secure public sector support for violence intervention
Reimagining Public Safety: Community Listening Sessions with Black Communities and Defenders
A discussion on the report "Reimagining Public Safety: Community Listening Sessions with Black Communities and Defenders" which aims to help build sustainable public safety reforms formed on a responsiveness to community needs.
Using Public Funding for Community Violence Intervention Strategies: Successes and Challenges
Panelists discussed new report "Coordinating Safety: Building and Sustaining Offices of Violence Prevention and Neighborhood Safety" which examines the current landscape of Offices of Violence Prevention and identifies policy recommendations.
Gun Violence Prevention Advocates Reflect on “Aspirational” Work During 11th Annual Vigil
In December 2023, Joyce grantee Newtown Action Alliance held it's 11th annual vigil. Hundreds of survivors, many carrying pictures of fallen loved ones, packed St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
Newtown Action Alliance
Working with CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)
Panelists presented NVDRS, discussed how NVDRS data was used in their work, and showcased how other researchers can access NVDRS for their own work through the Restricted Access Database, or RAD.
Justice Reform Convening Inspires Infinite Hope
Joyce hosted a first-of-its-kind convening of policing and public safety grantees. GVPJR Program Officer Dr. Quintin Williams shared his thoughts about the gathering and why, despite so many challenges in creating safer communities, he still has hope.