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This special collection brings together evidence and insights from nonprofits, foundations, and research organizations working to understand the full impact of firearm use and gun violence in the US. By providing us with analyses of current state and federal laws as well as valuable data on suicides, homicides, accidents, and mass shootings, these organizations seek to inform sound public policy and to curb this ongoing public health epidemic.

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Leveraging Intermediaries to Strengthen the Community Violence Intervention Field

March 16, 2023

National community violence intervention leaders and advocates have spent years fighting for an investment in this field commensurate with the magnitude of the issue. Particularly as gun violence increased in the wake of the pandemic, sizable dollars are finally beginning to be allocated to the advancement of community violence intervention work and the strategies that reduce violence in communities most impacted. Giffords Center for Violence Intervention is committed to championing community-led change—and this report is intended to highlight a resource pathway that is available for smaller organizations that are looking to build capacity and self-sustainability by bringing attention to intermediaries. Many community-based organizations lack the capacity to access and manage such funds, and intermediary organizations are essential to bridging this gap. They can provide organizations with the support they need to secure resources and use them effectively, making them crucial to the community violence intervention field.

Addressing Community Violence in the City of St. Louis: Existing Strategies, Gaps, and Funding Opportunities

February 17, 2022

In June 2021, the Missouri Foundation for Health contracted with the Giffords Community Violence Initiative team to synthesize the information currently known about the scope and nature of the community violence epidemic in the City of St. Louis and identify strategies that need to either be implemented or scaled up to address this crisis. In recognition of the fact that this work requires a significant infusion of resources, Giffords staff and partners have also mapped out local, state, and federal funding opportunities to support all of the recommendations made here.This report is intended to assist St. Louis leaders and community stakeholders in prioritizing—and funding—the most effective solutions for reducing violence as quickly as possible. Violence is the result of many complex systems and inequities, from segregation and disinvestment in communities of color, to grave disparities in the criminal legal system, among others. But until the immediate bloodshed is dramatically reduced, progress on any larger social issue in St. Louis will be more difficult, as violence is both a symptom and a cause of inequality. That is why, while we recognize the larger systems change work that absolutely must be done to address the inequities at the root of community violence, this report is focused primarily on concrete strategies and systems that can help reduce violence in the short term, and that must be woven into the fabric of broader systems change going forward.