Cure Violence: A Public Health Model to Reduce Gun Violence

By Jeffrey A. Butts,1 Caterina Gouvis Roman,2 Lindsay Bostwick,3 and Jeremy R. Porter4
1John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, New York, NY 10019;
2Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122;
3Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
4Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY 11210;

Annual Review of Public Health
Vol. 36: 39-53 (Volume publication date March 2015)
First published online as a Review in Advance on January 7, 2015
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122509

SUMMARY: “Scholars and practitioners alike in recent years have suggested that real and lasting progress in the fight against gun violence requires changing the social norms and attitudes that perpetuate violence and the use of guns. The Cure Violence model is a public health approach to gun violence reduction that seeks to change individual and community attitudes and norms about gun violence. It considers gun violence to be analogous to a communicable disease that passes from person to person when left untreated. Cure Violence operates independently of, while hopefully not undermining, law enforcement. In this article, we describe the theoretical basis for the program, review existing program evaluations, identify several challenges facing evaluators, and offer directions for future research.”

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