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Evidence Based Theory and Research on Community Violence Intervention

Chiraag Bains, Special Assistant to the President for Criminal Justice & Guns Policy at the Domestic Policy Council; Dr. Maury Nation, Professor, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University; Dr. Shani Buggs, Assistant Professor, Violence Prevention Research Program, University of California, Davis; Dr. Deborah Gorman-Smith, Dean and Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, University of Chicago

In April 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration announced historic investments in community violence intervention (CVI) efforts to combat the gun violence epidemic. As part of the Administration’s efforts to support communities seeking to implement or expand CVI efforts, subject matter experts will present on CVI-related topics in a series of webinars. This CVI webinar series is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education, and the White House Domestic Policy Council.

In this webinar, the first in the CVI webinar series, presenters discuss immediate steps communities can take to reduce community violence as well as the social determinants of health (e.g., norms, policies) that can lead to inequities in violence. Within this framework, presenters define CVI, including the theory and research behind specific CVI models such as street outreach, violence interrupters, group violence interventions, and hospital-based interventions, as well as the role of the community and law enforcement within CVI.

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Date Published: July 7, 2021