Cure Violence

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Cure Violence is an evidence-based violence reduction and intervention program that approaches violence with the understanding that violence is an epidemic process that can be stopped using the same health strategies employed to fight epidemics.

The Cure Violence Model

Cure Violence model utilizes carefully selected and trained workers — trusted members of the communities we serve — to interrupt the contagion using a three-prong approach:

  • Detecting and interrupting the transmission of violence – anticipate where violence may occur and intervene before it erupts.
  • Changing the behavior of the highest potential transmitters – identify those at highest risk for violence and work to change their behavior.
  • Changing community norms – influence social norms to discourage the use of violence.

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Implementation of Cure Violence in Grand Rapids

The implementation of Cure Violence in Grand Rapids represents a significant investment in fulfilling the City’s Commitment to ensure that all people feel safe and are safe at all times in Grand Rapids.
City’s Role – The City serves as a fiduciary for CV in Grand Rapids and as the primary oversight agency for implementation of CV in Grand Rapids.  The City provides information, resources, and ensures compliance with the CV model.  The City was also the first organization to commit funding to CV in Grand Rapids.

The Office of OPA -OPA will lead weekly implantation work sessions that include representatives from the Grand Rapids Urban League and Cure Violence Global.

Urban League - The Grand Rapids Urban League has met with OPA and GRPD to identify a target area for Year 1.  The target area is Franklin and Division (3rd Ward). After training is completed, the Cure Violence Team will begin applying the violence interruption and reduction strategies detailed in the Cure Violence Model.