By: Ashmar Mandou
The City of Chicago recently announced that the Community Justice Action Fund’s inaugural City Violence Prevention Index (VPI) ranked Chicago among the top cities in the nation for providing a range of violence prevention programs, services and policies. violence. “The gun violence we’ve seen in Chicago has been devastating, but the Community Justice Action Fund report shows we’re making some of the changes needed to make our city safer for everyone,” said Rep. Kelly. The VPI Dashboard assessed and ranked 50 U.S. cities with the highest incidents of gun violence in 2021 based on 35 criteria spanning three categories:
1. Intervention and reduction of risk factors
2. Address the root causes of violence
3. Local Violence Prevention Offices
Chicago scored 75 of 100, tied with Oakland, Calif. Washington, DC placed first, and Richmond, Virginia placed second. The top 10 rated cities averaged 60 points out of 100, nearly 2.5 times the overall national average. Key findings from the report also show that 100% of the top 10 ranked cities funded community-based violence interventions, while only 38% of the cities assessed had a community-wide violence prevention plan. city integrating public health strategies.
The recognition comes nearly a year after the City of Chicago established the first-ever Community Safety Coordination Center (CSCC), a multi-agency coordination center to drive violence reduction using numerous lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its inception, CCCC has worked to engage residents, while coordinating resources, personnel, and funding to prevent and reduce violence in Chicago.
“We work directly with community members in Chicago every day who are dealing with the realities of violence and its impact on their communities,” said Jorge Matos, Senior Director of READI Chicago. “We are proud to partner with community members and violence prevention leaders here in the city, as well as the City of Chicago and national leaders such as Rep. Kelly and Greg Jackson to to think more critically about what works and how we can continue to improve our collective efforts to create a model that we hope can not only have an impact in Chicago, but also in communities across the country. Among the criteria, Chicago excelled in many areas, including awareness-based violence intervention programs, youth and family violence prevention programs, strategic workforce development programs work and services to victims and survivors.