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Gun Violence Intervention Specialists show up to scenes when impact happens and give support to community members & families. We lean in through relationships and provide healing-informed care.

We have worked collaboratively and collectively with other community orgs to design a regional approach to dealing with gun violence. Critical Incident Responders and Community Violence Interrupters in the Community: 

  • Help establish immediate safety by providing housing, relocation, emergency housing for the whole family if needed 

  • Provide emotional support in the moments of crisis

  • Provide funeral costs and meals so these financial impacts don’t devastate a family

  • Interjecting care, resources, and empathy when harm happens. 

  • Help relocate individuals and families to emergency hotel and rebuild housing sustainability

BRC Intervention Specialists are Trained Extensively in:

Critical Incident Response (CIR) Training

Aims to prepare and equip community members to deal with high-priority situations that pose a threat to the safety, security, or well-being of individuals, organizations, or communities. The training emphasizes how to respond to scenes of critical incidents, and provide de-escalation, protocols for scene/community engagement. We learn how to provide appropriate support and assistance to the victims and perpetrators of violence, and prevent the cycle of retaliation and reoffending

Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Training

Covers the basics of community violence intervention, such as the history and dynamics of violence, the role and responsibilities of a violence interrupter, the skills and tools for conflict mediation and resolution, and the safety for intervention work. This training includes engaging and working with high-risk individuals to reduce violence in the community, while also promoting trust, confidence, and resilience in the community.

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