Our violence interrupters identify and calm conflicts that may lead to serious violence.
What they do
- Detect potentially violent conflicts and events
- De-escalate things before they become violent using:
- Informal mediation
- Non-physical conflict resolution
- Interruption expertise
- Interrupt the cycle of violence
- Support behavior change for people who may be at risk for serious violence by:
- Communicating about the costs of using violence
- Helping them access services they need to be violence-free
- Mobilize communities to reject violence
What they don't do
- Provide law enforcement services
- Carry weapons
- Respond directly to 311 or 911 calls
We have worked with Cure Violence Global, a leading practitioner in the field.
Through the relationship with Cure Violence Global:
- MinneapolUS Team Leaders completed 20 hours of leadership training
- MinneapolUS Violence interrupters completed 40 hours of Violence Interruption and Reduction Certification training
From May 15 to December 31, 2021
Over 150 Violence Interrupters provided services through over 850 outreach shifts. They reported:
- Nearly 9,000 contacts
- Over 1,500 mediations
We continue to monitor and evaluate the program.
- Contact - Engagement with and individual at high risk of being a victim or perpetrator of gun violence.
- Mediation - Active engagement to de-escalate conflicts that could lead to gun violence.
Office of Violence Prevention
Minneapolis Health Department
250 4th St. S., Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday