Cure Violence – Elvin’s Story

This second video from Cure Violence, looks at Elvin’s story and how violence interruption changed his life.

Elvin talks about his background and the circumstances that led to his involvement in drug dealing from the age of 9, to his arrest, at just 13. He was released from prison at the age of 25.

He talks about returning home and his intention to go back into drug dealing. He was homeless and had no support.

Through positive intervention and an unerring belief from his friend Shakira, who was by then involved in the Cure Violence programme, Elvin discusses how he was able to turn his life around.

Whilst this is a very poignant insight into life for some who are brought up in difficult environments that feature poor parenting, drugs, deprivation and violence, more importantly it is a wonderful example of how the violence interruption programme can help to rebuild, create positive change and though belief and compassion enable to the person to take a different path, have a renewed sense of self worth and hope for the future.  Saving lives can happen in many ways.

Cure Violence was founded by Gary Slutkin, M.D., former head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Intervention Development Unit and Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the University of Illinois/Chicago School of Public Health.

Cure Violence launched in West Garfield Park, one of the most violent communities in Chicago, and was quick to produce results, reducing shootings by 67% in its first year. From 2000-2008, Cure Violence focused its activities in the United States, quickly expanding to Baltimore, New York, New Orleans, Oakland, Loiza, Puerto Rico and other sites.

In 2008, Cure Violence began its first international adaptation and replication of the methodology in Basra and Sadr City, Iraq.  Since then, international programs have been added in Canada (Halifax and Alberta), Colombia (Cali), El Salvador (San Salvador and San Pedro Mazawal), Honduras (San Pedro Sula), Jamaica (St. Catherine North and St. James), Kenya (Nairobi and Rift valley), Mexico (Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City), South Africa (Hanover Park), Syria (western and northern), Trinidad & Tobago (Port of Spain) and United Kingdom (London).

Cure Violence has also provided training in violence prevention techniques to representatives from dozens of other countries.


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