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Champe Barton

6 November 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In 2013, Detroit’s law enforcement agencies started using focused deterrence – a method that uses data to identify at-risk individuals – to decrease the rate of violent crime in the city. The method, part of the natio...

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Ann Givens

11 October 2019

Loughborough, England

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A collaboration between England’s Loughborough University, the UK’s Ministry of Defence, and a company called Foster + Freeman has led to a new technology that can pull fingerprints from shell casings. What was once a...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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8 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Producing art restores dignity and a sense of purpose to victims of violence who suffer from disability and chronic pain. In New York City, the Open Doors collective empowers patients at hospitals like the Coler Speci...

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Ann Givens

30 September 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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Following the Las Vegas mass shooting in October 2017, employees at the Clark County coroner’s office found themselves grappling with the psychological effects. The head of the department recognized this struggle and ...

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Brian Freskos

18 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago is trying something new when it comes to violence prevention: beautifying public spaces that have been known to be places of violence. The city has launched an official pilot program called Grounds for Peace, ...

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Kim Bellware

3 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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GoodKids MadCity, an anti-gun violence group that is led by black and brown youth in Chicago is working to create a safer community. Members, most of whom have been directly impacted by gun violence, work together to ...

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Alain Stephens

21 August 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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In San Diego, California, more than three Gun Violence Restraining Orders, or “red flag laws,” have been used to prevent gun violence. These laws have gained in popularity across the country, and allow courts to tempo...

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Brian Freskos

11 July 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, community organizations, public officials, and private funders have come together behind a campaign called “<399” – with the goal of bringing homicides to under 400. This collaboration has taken on a compr...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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10 July 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Across the United States, gun violence prevention initiatives are finally turning their attention to the urban communities hit hardest and supporting community-driven approaches. In the past, financial support has gon...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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28 May 2019

Olympia, Washington, United States

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In Washington, state legislators have passed an innovative measure that would allow individuals to suspend their own gun rights. The bill was started as a proactive measure for those experience mental health issues to...

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Ann Givens

12 April 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver has formed a law enforcement collaborative, called the Regional Anti Violence Enforcement Network (RAVEN), to bring together eleven agencies to solve gun crimes in the surrounding cities and counties. RAVEN was...

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Brian Freskos

9 April 2019

Illinois, United States

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Following a mass shooting in Aurora, IL, lawmakers are introducing legislation that could make it harder for guns to be obtained by those who shouldn’t have them. The legislation proposes requiring fingerprints prior ...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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14 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Scoop and Run is a police practice that has saved lives. During a “scoop and run” police take gunshot or stab wound victims to the emergency room instead of waiting for an ambulance. Philadelphia is the only city, amo...

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Ann Givens

14 August 2018

California, United States

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The Contra Costa Police Department crime lab has accelerated processing ballistics evidence through a national database that works like fingerprints for guns. The result has been connecting gun violence incidents more...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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2 August 2018

United States

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A journalist who has reported for two years on survivors of gunshots offers guidance and advice to others in the media on how to track accurate data on non-fatal gun violence, report empathetically on survivors facing...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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11 April 2018

United States

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Every state in the U.S. has a compensation fund to help those who experience crime with expenses like medical and dental bills and counseling. However many of the funds go untapped because victims don't know about the...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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12 February 2018

United States

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States and the U.S. Congress have set aside billions to compensate victims of crime to help with things like medical bills, relocation costs and counseling, but because of the numerous restrictions on applying for the...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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1 May 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Gunshot victims are often treated at hospitals only to be sent back into the community, where 1/3 will end up back in the hospital again. With a new emphasis on prevention and addressing the underlying issues, Ohio is...

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Ann Givens

9 February 2017

New York City, New York, United States

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In its four years of community outreach, Cure Violence’s New York City chapter has been accepted and welcomed by both neighborhoods and police. The program now works in 17 police precincts, providing direct violence i...

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Ann Givens

6 February 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago’s Cure Violence program, which has been around for close to 20 years, has closed all but one of its sites. The program employs Violence Interrupters, who work in neighborhoods to help stop violent conflict. As...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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17 January 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Tyrone Shoemake is an advocate for people who use wheelchairs for mobility—especially those who are victims of gunshot wounds, like him. When an online video of Shoemake doing pull-ups from his chair went viral, he ke...

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Mark Obbie

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11 August 2016

United States

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While policing initiatives have previously been driven by intuitive responses to trends in violent crime, the Centre for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University has developed a new strategy for identify...

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Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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4 January 2016

Hookset, New Hampshire, United States

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Spurred by three suicides in one week in New Hampshire, a gun store owner launched the Gun Shop Project to educate more firearm sellers and others on how to spot suicidal customers. Many other gun sellers joined the e...

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Kevin Mahnken

11 November 2015

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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Research shows that higher rates of gun ownership lead to higher rates of violent crime - countless examples in the continental United States seem to support this. But Hawaii, with some of the highest gun sale numbers...

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Alex Yablon

24 September 2015

Rochester, New York, United States

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Cities in the U.S. have decreased recidivism through specialized courts for firearm offenders. These efforts, however, have not helped overall gun violence, so university research is suggesting new tactics.

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