Community Violence Priority: Legislation to End Urban Gun Violence

Increasing gun violence has become a widespread issue impacting communities in the United States and causes lasting trauma, with cascading consequences for children, families, and communities. Community violence has also disproportionately affected resilient communities disadvantaged by poverty, racism, and a lack of educational and economic opportunities. To address this issue at the root causes, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing a comprehensive strategy to combat gun violence and other violent crime. 

Community violence intervention (CVI) programs have been shown to reduce violence by as much as 60%. These programs are effective because they leverage trusted messengers who work directly with individuals most likely to commit gun violence, intervene in conflicts, and connect people to social, health and wellness, and economic services to reduce the likelihood of violence as an answer to conflict. Implementing interventions and preventive measures that are proven to reduce crime are the foundation of this strategy.

Key areas of the strategy include:

  • Investing in evidence-based community violence interventions;
  • Expanidng summer programming, employment opportunities, and other services and supports for teenages and young adults; and
  • Helping formerly incarcerated individuals successfully renter their communities 

This strategy will use the Rescue Plan’s historic funding levels and clear guidance to help state, local, territorial, and tribal governments with resources to effectively engage communities. The strategy will also address the direct link between gun violence and the rise in violent crime by taking immediate steps for gun control and preventing gun trafficking across state lines.

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Selected Resources


Reports on the Implementation of the Gun-Free Schools


Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package


Building Student Resilience Toolkit



An Overview of the Adolescent Recovery Oriented Systems of Care Project



Assessing and Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in Reentry Programs Through Research and Evaluation