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Interventions for Reducing Violence and its Consequences for Young Black Males in America

by Arnold Chandler

Aug 1, 2017

Building on Cities United 2016 report: Violence Trends, Patterns and Consequences for Black Males in America: A Call to Action, this report presents the results of an extensive scan of the research literature relating to violence prevention interventions. It identifies programs and practices that have proven effecting in reducing violence and violent deaths among African American males. It illustrates that evidence-based interventions exist that can be implemented in our families, schools, places of employment, hospitals and communities. These interventions can prevent violence rather than simply meting out punishment in its wake. In its conclusion, the report offers a summary of its findings and recommendations to help inform local violence prevention efforts across the nation.

  • There is a paucity of structural interventions for violence reduction but some promising avenues for further experimentation.
  • There are multiple environments for effective violence prevention intervention.
  • Situational and developmental programs work.
  • Evidence-based programs target different age ranges starting as early as preschool.
  • Violence is concentrated among a relatively small number of individuals, often group-involved and in a relatively small number of places.
  • Some programs and practices are harmful either because they increase rather than decrease violence or they yield no positive benefits while incurring harmful collateral consequences.