Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

Approach Intimate partner violence (IPV), frequently called domestic violence, is a serious public health problem that affects millions of Americans, with far-reaching impacts not only for individual victims, but also for their families, their communities, and our economy.1“Intimate Partner Violence,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October… Read More

Convene law enforcement, social service providers, and community members to provide support to survivors and deter abusers from engaging in violence.

Street Outreach

Approach The majority of gun violence occurring in cities across America has a small geographic footprint, with the majority of shootings happening in underserved neighborhoods experiencing high unemployment rates, poverty, racial segregation, and lack of access to quality education.1Aliza Aufrichtig et al., “Want to Fix Gun… Read More

Deploy credible messengers to identify conflict, intervene to prevent violence, and provide social services to high-risk individuals.

Extreme Risk Law Implementation

Approach Local policymakers, law enforcement, courts, and social service providers should work together to implement Extreme Risk laws, which create new court processes that can prevent gun violence tragedies and save lives. Passage and enactment of Extreme Risk laws are only the first steps to preventing gun violence. To effectively… Read More

Implement laws at the local level through cross-agency coordination, public awareness campaigns, and training.

Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs

Approach Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (HVIPs) aim to reduce retaliation and recidivism among patients being treated for violent injuries by providing in-hospital services and follow-up care through intensive, community-based case management.  For every firearm homicide, there are three people wounded in a firearm assault who need hospital care1… Read More

Deploy case managers in hospitals to coordinate wraparound services for survivors of gunshot wounds to reduce retaliation and re-injury.

Focused Deterrence Programs

Approach Focused deterrence programs (also known as “pulling levers” policing) are problem-oriented policing strategies that are rooted in deterrence theory.1National Institute of Justice, “Practice Profile: Focused Deterrence Strategies,”  accessed June 3, 2019,; RAND Corporation, “Focused Deterrence,” accessed June 3, 2019, The focused deterrence framework, which… Read More

Convene law enforcement, social service providers, and community members to provide social supports to group-involved individuals.

Family Justice Centers

Approach Family Justice Centers (FJCs) are a strategic approach to holistically address domestic violence and related gun violence through colocation of services. FJCs serve survivors of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking, as well as the children and families of these survivors. Read More

Support domestic violence and gun violence survivors through colocation of holistic services.

Secure Gun Storage

Approach City leaders and their partners should encourage and educate gun owners and the general public about secure gun storage to make their homes and communities safer. They should also provide gun owners with the tools to securely store their guns. Such education, outreach, and tools are essential to protecting… Read More

Educate gun owners and the general public about secure gun storage to make their homes and communities safer.

Safe Passage

Approach An estimated 3 million children are exposed to gun violence, directly or indirectly, every year.1Everytown analysis derives this number by multiplying the share of children (aged 0 to 17) who are exposed to shootings per year (4 percent) by the total child population of the… Read More

Deploy school employees, volunteers, and/or professionals to provide students with safe routes to and from school in high-crime neighborhoods.

Violence Reduction Fellowships

Approach Violence reduction fellowship programs, often referred to as the Peacemaker Fellowship®, are an intensive gun violence prevention strategy that originated in Richmond, California, and attempts to break the cycle of gun violence in disproportionately impacted communities. These fellowship programs use a combination of outreach worker observational data and city… Read More

Provide intensive social services and financial opportunity to individuals at high-risk of committing violent offenses.

Domestic Violence Danger and Lethality Assessments

Approach The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a victim will be killed.1Jacquelyn C. Campbell et al., “Risk Factors for Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results from a Multisite Case Control Study,” American Journal of Public Health 93, no. Read More

Implement assessments in domestic violence cases to identify survivors who are at high-risk of becoming homicide victims.