Gun Violence Prevention
The record levels of gun violence in our communities are the primary barrier to sustainably addressing Baltimore’s most pressing inequities – joblessness, homelessness, poor education, and health – as we build broad systems to address all social determinants of health affecting Baltimore residents.
The Gun Violence Prevention team develops strategies, through partnerships and coordinated efforts, to shift the culture of gun violence in Baltimore City. The work requires a high level of intentional and innovative programming geared towards
high-risk and at-risk populations. Our programs connect vulnerable populations to services and resources to create more pathways for success. We engage high-risk communities in our pursuit to prevent and intervene in violence that could
result in a shooting or homicide.
“This is not just a career but my service to this work is my calling. I know that it's my responsibility to serve communities subjected to violence and social determinants that normalize dysfunctional behavior. When I look at the people I serve, they look like me. I want to assist our community so that my children can have opportunities I did not have in a safer environment. This work saves lives and I want to make sure that someone’s destiny is accomplished due to the sweat equity and determination of my service to Baltimore.”
Associate Director of Gun Violence Prevention
What Does the Gun Violence Intervention Team Do?
Our programs connect vulnerable populations to services and resources to create more pathways for success. We engage high-risk communities in our pursuit to intervene in violence that could result in a shooting or homicide. Our programs are:
- Safe Streets
- Group Violence Reduction Strategy
- Expanded Investment in Community Violence Intervention Programs (Coming Soon)
While Safe Streets and the Group Violence Reduction Strategy are MONSE’s two high-profile violence reduction strategies, it’s important to note that part of MONSE’s daily work is to engage, empower, and align public agencies and community partners—the whole weight of Baltimore— in the broader pursuit of increased public safety with more justice and less harm.
We are always looking for help from the community to
help us co-produce public safety.
How can you get involved?
Community members can volunteer at any of our Safe Streets sites during community events. If there are individuals who are interested in volunteering long-term, we could use support in the following areas:
- GED preparation;
- professional development programming;
- connections to life-sustaining resources.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at [email protected].