Violence interruption is a community-based approach to reducing communal and interpersonal violence that treats violence as a public health problem. This type of model was reportedly created by the organization Cure Violence Global. Individuals providing violence interruption services are known as violence interrupters. Techniques used include mediation and measures to address underlying causes of violence. Violence interrupters are people who have lived experience and usually come from the neighborhoods they work in.
The use of Violence Interrupters is a way to increase public safety in communities while reducing the reliance on police. D.C. has recently launched a program called the DC Peace Academy, as reported in the DCIST. Individuals will receive training in how to mediate and resolve neighborhood conflicts that lead to violence.
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