Rigorous evaluations of health approaches to violence prevention and intervention have found reductions in injuries, shootings, and deaths – as well as new attitudes and safer norms. The health approach works to intervene, to prevent and to heal. For example:
Communities across the country are experiencing the benefits of health-based violence prevention for all forms of violence, including child abuse where a health based parenting program delivered in communities of 100,000 children under 8 years of age experienced an average of nearly 700 fewer cases of childhood maltreatment over 2 years.
Health approaches for all forms of violence are being integrated into all sectors in communities nationwide. For example, in Minneapolis, this comprehensive strategy was designed by city agencies, community, civic and business groups and hundreds of young people. Initial findings suggest that the adoption of the model in 20 neighborhoods with highest rates of violence correlated with a decrease of 57% in individuals under 18 involved as those arrested or suspected in violent crimes while killings of people under 24 fell by 76%.
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For more information on evidence-based programs and models, please see the work being done by the Movement Partners, on the Resources page and on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Violence Prevention website.