Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence

Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence

Homicide was the leading cause of death for African-American males between the ages of 15 and 34 in 2014 and the second-leading cause of death for Latino males, while the justice system response — including intrusive policing tactics and overreliance on incarceration — did little to stabilize the most affected neighborhoods, a report from the , the , and the finds. Based on discussions with members of communities of color that are directly affected by gun violence as well as other stakeholders, the report, (67 pages, PDF), argues that a holistic approach is critical to the success of such efforts. What's more, while limiting access to guns needs to be part of the solution, improving police-community relations and the accountability of law enforcement, investing in community-based supports, and creating opportunities for the community to engage in prevention efforts also are essential. Funded by the Joyce and foundations, the , and the , the report offers a number of recommendations to that end, including universal background checks for firearms purchases, additional support for community-based wraparound social services for at-risk individuals, and improved communication and coordination around prevention efforts.