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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 14, 2014

Cure Violence national director to attend Aim4Peace roundtable event

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department’s Aim4Peace: Violence Prevention Program will partner with Communities Creating Opportunity to host a community roundtable event including a question and answer session with Frank Perez, Cure Violence national director, on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave.

“Cure Violence approaches violence in an entirely new way, like a disease that can be stopped using the same science-based strategies used to fight epidemic diseases,” said Dr. Gary Slutkin, founder of Chicago-based Cure Violence. “With our method, we are able to stop shootings and killings by anticipating where violence may occur and intervening with trained, credible messengers before it erupts.”

Aim4Peace was one of the first organizations outside of Chicago to replicate Cure Violence’s approach to violence prevention with a focus on the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department’s East Patrol Division.

Cure Violence, formerly known as CeaseFire, is a violence prevention model that attempts to interrupt the cycle of violence by preventing retaliatory action. This model is now being used by more than 50 sites, including 15 U.S. cities and sites in seven other countries.

“Aim4Peace continues to reach a segment of the community that has demonstrated the propensity for committing violent acts. Law enforcement has not been successful in building trusting relationships with many of those who have shown the propensity for violence,” said Kansas City, Mo., Police Chief Darryl Forte. “I remain optimistic that the independently evaluated concept practiced by Aim4Peace will continue to yield positive results by reducing destructive behaviors.”

Dr. Slutkin will also speak at the City Council Business Session on Feb. 20 at 1 p.m., on the 10th floor of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.

For more information about the roundtable or to partner with Aim4Peace, call 816-513-7902 or email aim4peace@kcmo.org. Information on other upcoming events may be found on the Aim4Peace Facebook and Twitter accounts, www.facebook.com/Aim4Peace and www.twitter.com/Aim4Peace.

Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube at www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept, www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept and www.youtube.com/user/kcmohealthdept.

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