Violence Reduction Strategy
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In September 2020, the City published "Our City, Our Safety: A Comprehensive Plan to Reduce Violence in Chicago." The plan lays out concrete initiatives that we, as a city and together with our many partners, will implement to sustainably reduce violence and to ensure every resident feels and is safe. We must take a trauma-informed and community-centered approach to respond to existing violence while also addressing its root causes of inequity and generations of disinvestment, fueled by systemic racism.
To focus on the people and places most impacted by violence, the Mayor’s Office has prioritized interventions and programs in the 15 community areas with the greatest average of serious victimizations (homicides and non-fatal shootings) between 2018 and 2020.
How we define the City’s violence reduction interventions and programs: The City's violence reduction strategy involves programs and interventions that aim to reduce community and domestic violence within the 15 priority community areas and by prioritizing individuals at the highest risk of violence involvement. This chart only reflects the main types of City investments, which complement other funding streams including from the County, State, and philanthropy.
Point of clarification: The effectiveness of City-funded violence reduction interventions cannot be interpreted based on trend data from this dashboard. Street outreach geographics can shift over time, so historical incidents might not capture the full picture of coverage. City-funded violence reduction interventions may not be required to respond to all incidents or may only support limited individuals within a community area, including street outreach.
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