Those closest to the pain of gun violence are also closest to the solutions. We’re committed to lifting up the practitioners and advocates
who have been working day-in and day-out for decades to make their communities safer.
It cannot be emphasized enough that Black and Brown communities experience the harm and trauma of community violence at alarmingly high rates
. In order to be effective, efforts to reduce violence must be culturally competent and utilize a diverse, equitable, and inclusive lens. In short, the messengers must be credible, and as local solutions are brought to a national scale, that credibility cannot be undermined.
At Giffords Center for Violence Intervention, we see our role as that of champion and facilitator. We aim to bring existing intervention practitioners together to exchange best practices, build relationships, and secure resources
to shore up and expand violence intervention work nationwide.
As part of these efforts, our diverse team of experts partners with a growing number of state coalitions focused on community violence intervention. By supplementing and strengthening the successful work already being done on the ground, we hope to make the lifesaving solutions intervention programs offer impossible to ignore.