Community Violence Intervention Success Stories

In this video, community violence intervention leaders Raymond Solorzano, Denise Villamil, and James Timpson share examples of what success looks like in their efforts to reduce gun violence.

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Ultimately, what we're looking for is long-term success, where young people change their behaviors, and they're able to sustain employment. James “JT” Timpson, Roca Impact Institute

By focusing on the small number of people who are most connected to local cycles of violence, community violence intervention (CVI) programs approach violence reduction by providing specialized support and access to services. Research shows that when properly implemented and funded, CVI programs are among the most effective strategies for addressing community violence and encouraging people to pursue alternative avenues for resolving conflicts. CVI programs have reduced shootings by as much as 60 percent and reduced arrests for violent crimes by more than 70 percent

However, quantitative studies cannot always convey the profound ways credible messengers intervene in the lives of those affected by community violence and create CVI success stories every day. As gun violence continues to fall in cities that have invested in CVI programs, federal, state, and local policymakers must double down on their investments in the front-line workers risking their lives to transform their communities plagued by high levels of gun violence.

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Nick Wilson

Senior Director, Gun Violence Prevention

Chandler Hall

Senior Policy Analyst


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Events Video Producer

Hai-Lam Phan

Senior Director, Creative

Toni Pandolfo

Video Producer, Production

Andrew Sonntag

Former Events Video Producer


Gun Violence Prevention

Our goal is to reduce gun violence by enacting strong gun laws, increasing investment in local solutions, and growing the movement dedicated to this mission.

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In America, gunshots rattle communities every 11 minutes. Amid this cycle of tragedy, community violence intervention (CVI) programs are addressing the root causes of violence to end cycles before they can start.

Through collaboration with residents and government officials, CVI programs curb the spread of gun violence by meeting community members where they are and responding to their individual needs. In violence-affected neighborhoods, residents are grappling with trauma and long-standing hardships that fuel the rise in shootings. But CVI programs channel resources back into the community, improving access to needed resources such as education, employment, housing, and health care.

In a nation haunted by the daily occurrence of gun violence, CVI programs provide a path forward—toward healing, unity, and a safer future for everyone.

This series highlights resources on CVI programs and stories from the voices of change on the front lines of America’s gun violence epidemic. These narratives are a reminder of the challenges and successes that outline the effort to save more lives.


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