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Philadelphia has suffered the highest rate of homicide per capita among America’s largest cities for many years. In 2013, more than 80 percent of the people killed in our city were shot to death.

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project is designed to illuminate the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia — and to present solutions.

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Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Gun Crisis Reporting Project right now. Help us lead the way to ending the cycle of gun violence in Philadelphia.  

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Daily Report: 06.03.14 — Man and woman wounded in separate Germantown incidents

Update: Police investigated the scene — shown above — after a gas station clerk was shot in April in East Norriton Township, Pa. A suspect has now been charged in this case and one more shooting, according to a report from Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

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#GunCrisis: Philadelphia Week in Review

TEDx Philadelphia

The team from the Gun Crisis Reporting Project was invited to present this week at TEDxPhiladelphia, a daylong multidisciplinary conference created in the spirit of the TED conference mission of “ideas worth spreading.” We will share video from the talk when available. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Photo at top: Police were investigating after a suspect was wounded by an officer during a gun battle earlier this week in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Posted by Jim MacMillan

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia introduces new Violence Prevention Initiative

8574_violence_prevention_booklet_cover_shrunk_med_0Violence is a public health epidemic in the U.S., with significant consequences for young people, according to the new Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), which reports that more than 40 percent of kids in the U.S. are exposed to some form of violence.

A small group of community, state and local leaders gathered Tuesday evening at CHOP’s Abramson Pediatric Research Center for an “Evening with the Experts,” introducing the new VPI program with a series of round-table discussions focused on reducing the toll violence takes on families and communities in Philadelphia and beyond.

Dozens of CHOP violence prevention experts, with participants from patient families and the Philadelphia School District, provided an in-depth look at CHOP’s approach to violence prevention.

The VPI initiative at CHOP is a new, hospital-wide effort to interrupt the cycle of violence, building on years of hospital and community partnership and research. Through the practice of trauma-informed care, recognizing that traumatic experiences affect how people respond, CHOP’s VPI hopes to become a national model for hospital-led youth violence prevention.

Experts led discussions on topics including:

  • Partnering with Schools for Bullying Prevention
  • Intervening for the Assault-injured Youth
  • Practicing Trauma-informed Care at CHOP, and…
  • Saving Lives: Guns, Research, and Policy

Poor physical, emotional and developmental health can result in long-term physiologic and brain changes, school failure, drug abuse and delinquency, and more violence.

The VPI model works to reduce the incidence and impact of violence and aggression on children and families in our community, to transform youth violence prevention research into action that shapes policy, engages community partners, and creates and refines methods of violence prevention and treatment interventions.

Learn more, sign up for updates and invitations to online talks, and offer your support: Violence Prevention Initiative

As we reported earlier this week, 95 shooting victims counted in Philadelphia last year were 17 years of age or younger, including five victims who were no more than ten years old, according to recently-released police data.

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#GunCrisis Monthly: January, 2014

Top stories: Outbreak fuels January spike in Philadelphia homicides Philadelphia still suffering higher homicide rate than largest US cities, but also showing greater progress Caller: “You can’t even pay respect to your friends without somebody killing you.” Mothers in Charge founder Dorothy Johnson-Speight named Citizen of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer City leaders call…