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.
Approach Ballistic evidence plays a critical role in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting gun crimes. Evidence such as spent cartridges or fired bullets collected from a crime scene can be used to link a specific weapon to the crime, and at a broader level, comparing ballistic evidence collected from multiple crime… Read More
Develop investigative leads by submitting ballistic evidence to the FBI’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network for analysis.
Approach Acoustic gunshot detection systems, which have been adopted by more than 90 US jurisdictions,1Jillian B. Carr and Jennifer L. Doleac, “The Geography, Incidence, and Underreporting of Gun Violence: New Evidence Using ShotSpotter Data,” The Brookings Institution, April 2016, 4-5, https://brook.gs/2J7zgej. have the goal of accurately detecting and… Read More
Invest in audio-sensing technology to alert law enforcement to when and where a gun has been fired.
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.
Approach Cohesion across key stakeholders and strategies is particularly important to ensuring city gun violence prevention, and Mayor’s Offices of Gun Violence Prevention can play a key role in this. Commissioned by a Mayor, these offices coordinate, develop, and uplift gun violence prevention efforts occurring across the city. Important first… Read More
Establish a centralized office to coordinate key stakeholders and strategies to effectively and sustainably reduce gun violence.
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.
Approach Cities generate data about gun crime and violence within their boundaries daily, including the characteristics of gun violence victims and perpetrators, the types of guns recovered by law enforcement, and case dispositions that may prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm. Cities have continually demonstrated that establishing a robust… Read More
Collect and analyze fatal and non-fatal shooting data to monitor gun violence, target resources, and inform policy and program decisions.
Approach Firearms tracing, which involves tracking the movement of a gun recovered by law enforcement from its first sale by the manufacturer to its first retail purchaser, is a key strategy for addressing gun violence.1Crime Gun Intelligence Centers, “Crime Gun Tracing,” accessed June 19, 2019, … Read More
Develop investigative leads by submitting every crime gun to the ATF’s National Tracing Center for analysis.
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.
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.