While rates of violence are decreasing on average across Chicago, violence inequality is increasing (1). The declines in violence are experienced disproportionately in communities on the north side of the city, while many predominantly African-American or Latino communities on the south and west sides experienced steady or increased rates of violence in recent year (2). Because different communities, and different populations within them, perceive and experience violence differently, those differences must be recognized and understood to effectively prevent violence. Often violence prevention research is developed and carried out with little to no input from the people who live in the communities most affected by violence. The Community-Academic Collaboration to Prevent Violence in Chicago (CACPVC) enhances connections between academic, philanthropic, and community partners to build capacity to develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to reduce health disparities related to violence in Chicago.

The forums are an opportunity for community residents to have a voice. We'll talk about data about violence and its causes and some of the great work being done to address these issues. Most importantly, we want to hear from community residents, specifically:

  • How do community members think their communities should be viewed?
  • What do community members wish researchers would try to learn about violence?
  • How can we support community members to become equal partners in violence research?

Before and after the discussions, residents will be able to learn more about local organizations and their programs. Community organizations will have information about their programs, services, and volunteer opportunities available at our Community Resource Table.

Free child care and refreshments will be provided. Plus, participants who complete the evaluation will be entered to win one of five gifts cards (value $25-$100).

The Forums have concluded.

The gatherings will bring together professionals, including direct service providers, city-wide funders, and researchers, working in violence prevention to shape the violence prevention research agenda in the seven community regions and across the city of Chicago. The discussion will focus on:

  • Local disparities in violent injuries, deaths, and related health outcomes
  • Strategies to reduce those disparities
  • Your areas of concern and your research priorities related to violence-related disparities

The discussion will be preceded by an opportunity for networking among attendees and community organizations will be able display information about their organizations and programs.

The Gatherings have concluded.

The following are infographics for each community area and region (combined community areas)--the data sheets contain source information and relevant links. Download the full Excel workbook with all data from all community areas here. The Resource Page containing contact information for services and support related to violence is also available (English or Spanish).

Institutional Review Board (IRB) #2014-15803 Community-Academic-Collaboration to Prevent Violence in Chicago, Rebecca Levin. 

Supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Grant R13HD075478. The views expressed within do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.