Violence Policy Center

Violence Policy Center
Founded: 1988

Mission: To stop gun death and injury through research, education, advocacy, and collaboration.

About the Organization: Founded in 1988, the works to inform the public about the impact of gun violence on their daily lives; expose the profit-driven marketing and lobbying activities of the firearms industry and gun lobby; offer technical expertise to policymakers, organizations, and advocates on the federal, state, and local levels; and advocate for policy changes that save lives.

Current Programs: Framing gun violence as not only a crime problem but also a public health epidemic, VPC's program informs the public through targeted campaigns, social media, and events about the , including statistics about of domestic gun homicide; , , and victims of gun violence; homicides by permit holders; ; ; and . The organization's efforts include about assault weapons, the firearms industry and its financial support for the National Rifle Association, the causes of gun violence, and public health approaches to reducing firearm death and injury.

VPC's work to bring an evidence-based perspective to the campaign for stronger gun violence prevention laws and policies has helped Connecticut and New York pass some of the nation's toughest gun-violence-prevention legislation. The organization's focus areas include and addressing , , and the of marketing images used by the gun industry. VPC also collaborates with diverse organizations working toward gun violence prevention and related issues.

Website: Visitors to the VPC website can learn about the , the role of the , and issues for regulating the gun industry; browse and ; and/or link to sites that list and . They also can read about , sign up for , and/or make a .

Funding: The Violence Policy Center is funded by foundations and individuals.

1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1210
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 822-8200