How do we train violence interrupters working in vulnerable communities?
The University of the District of Columbia developed a four-week gun violence prevention certification program for the Violence Prevention & Community Wellness Initiative. Classes are both in-person and virtual and teach about mindfulness, meditation, violence prevention, gang intervention, partnership, cease-fire, restorative justice, professionalism, street law, and youth development.
How does it help?
The District has many violence interrupters in vulnerable communities. They need to be ready with skills and knowledge in order to help reduce and prevent gun violence and to take care of their own mental health. This program helps bring violence interrupters together from across organizations and teaches a common language and tools to be most effective.
How much is invested?
$400,000 in fiscal year 2022.
Who uses this program?
Violence interrupters working for agencies or community partners in the District of Columbia.