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The New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action, part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released a statement today applauding New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy for signing a state budget passed by the New Jersey Legislature, which includes $10 million to fund community violence intervention programs and grants for communities and individuals who are particularly impacted by the high rate of violence that is devastating the state.
“Community violence intervention is a crucial component in combating the gun violence crisis in our state,” said Jenifer Berrier Gonzalez, a volunteer with the New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We are extremely pleased with Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature for recognizing this and committing significant resources to the fight to end gun violence in our communities.”
For decades, community-based organizations have successfully reduced violence and uplifted communities by implementing alternative public safety measures that are locally driven, informed by data, and don’t require police involvement. Often referred to as violence intervention programs, these strategies have expanded greatly over the years and include street outreach, group violence intervention, crime prevention through environmental design, hospital-based violence intervention programs, safe passage programs, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Learn more about gun violence in New Jersey here.