Our Approach to Gun Violence Prevention
In May 2021, Mayor Levar Stoney, along with all members of the Richmond City Council, declared gun violence a public health crisis.
As part of this declaration, Mayor Stoney also formally announced an effort to bring a diversity of stakeholders around the table to collaborate on solutions to curb gun violence in the city. Partnering with members of the Richmond community, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), VCU Health System (VCUHS), and Richmond City Health District (RCHD), the City of Richmond established a working group to explore an evidence-based public health response to address the underlying socioeconomic and systemic factors that promote gun violence.
This collaboration, informally known as Richmond’s Gun Violence Prevention and Intervention Framework, is designed to guarantee that those directly impacted by gun violence, community members, and direct service providers have an opportunity to be heard by the Mayor, the Richmond City Council, and the City’s Administration and includes key elements such as:
- hospital-based crisis intervention and intensive case management for families, friends, and survivors of violence
- community-based credible messengers program and trauma response
- grassroots support to build capacity
- the establishment of a shooting and homicide review board to better understand the issue of gun violence, and prevent future shootings
Jump straight into the report here.
Gun Violence Prevention and Intervention Framework
The Gun Violence Prevention and Intervention Working Group collaborated to create a unique GVPI Framework for Richmond. This Framework serves as the Stoney Administration’s starting point for addressing gun violence. With the assistance of the Human Services Division and the Richmond Police Department, additional recommendations were also incorporated into this report and the overall GVPI strategy.
National Youth Violence Prevention Week
April 25 through April 29 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Mayor Stoney reaffirms his commitment to preventing youth violence in Richmond and urges all Richmonders, agencies, and businesses to work toward preventing youth violence by promoting awareness and prevention of youth violence.
I'm declaring this week as National Youth Violence Prevention Week in Richmond. Because we love our children, we will find a positive path forward and make our city safer.
— Mayor Levar M. Stoney (@LevarStoney) April 26, 2022
Download a copy of the proclamation below.