Issues & Results

Reduce Gun Violence & Homicides

The Group Violence Intervention (GVI) is an evidence-based, data-driven, violence reduction and opportunity creation strategy designed to address pervasive violence and drug dealing in neighborhoods and communities.  The premise behind this initiative, as shown through evidence-based practices, is that a small number of individuals engage in a large percentage of violence and drug offenses.  With a strategy of focused deterred policing and specific community engagement and interruption, these small number of individuals can be presented with a message that they are loved, but their criminal actions are not acceptable in the community.  Offenders will be presented with a coordinated and collaborative message to cease their behavior and accept the "lifeline" made available to them, or they will be subject to arrest and incarceration.

Indianapolis was one of the first pilot cities with great results. Check out this special report on the success in Indianapolis. 

Many cities that employ this approach document a 30-60% reduction in homicides in the short term.  National research suggest that where ciites have sustained low levels of violence over the long term, the invested up front in the following elements;

  • Building an inter-agency collaborative table including Police, Parole, Probation, District Attorney, Community & Faith leaders, Street Outreach Workers, Employment services, and reprepsentatives from a variety of wrap around social service providers (re-entry, housing, health, etc). This workgroup assumes the hands on responsibility for the design and implementation of the strategy, including oversight of community 'Call-ins' a tool used to communicate directly with people identified during the data analysis process.
  • Crime and Data Analysis. A method of identifying and targeting resources on the handful of people most at risk for gun violence
  • Strong Staffing. Based on the needs identified throught the data analysis, hiring of strong senior level management to coordinate the strategy and outreach workers who are cultrally competent professionals who are trusted in the communities in which they serve and connect targeted individuals to supports to leave street life. Depending on the resources or partnership already in place in a given community, other supports may include; case management, job development, among others.
  • Support of a seasoned expert during the initial development process. Experts like those of the National Network of Safe Communties are connecting practitioners of this model from over 50 jurisdictions across the country in a collective learning environment to share best practices and learn from over 15 years of practice in the field.
  • Strong Leadership of Community and Faith Leaders.  This is a community driven approach, that is sustained only when community and Faith leaders engage directly with the young people, many of whom have life long relationships with those identified during the crime analysis stage.  They carry a message of hope and accountability. Law enforcement plays a role of supporting and reinforcing the community's message.

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The Impact of 'Group Violence Intervention'

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