Community violence

Submit Crime Gun Ballistics

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.

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.

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.

Mayor’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention

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.

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.

Track Gun Violence

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.

Trace Every Crime Gun

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.

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.

Problem-Solving Hot Spots

Approach Hot spots policing is a law enforcement strategies that focuses on small land areas with high crime rates.  To better address and prevent gun violence, law enforcement agencies focus their resources on very specific locations in a community or neighborhood.  By focusing on solving problems in small areas with… Read More

Utilize data and deploy law enforcement resources to the small geographic areas with the highest rates of gun violence.

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.