Be part of the growing momentum for preventing violence in the U.S. and reinforce the need to support local efforts. Cities can't do this alone, but together we can prevent violence and create peaceful streets with thriving youth.
The UNITY Policy Platform describes what needs to be in place on the ground in cities to prevent violence, and delineates the supports cities need for their efforts to be successful and sustainable. The UNITY Policy Platform is a summary of the UNITY Urban Agenda, which emphasizes the need to bring to scale a multi-sector approach to reducing violence in U.S. cities. The UNITY Urban Agenda and Policy Platform were developed in partnership with representatives of cities across the country and are endorsed by the city representatives.
Though the UNITY Policy Platform was developed specifically to prevent violence affecting youth in urban environments, many of its principles and recommendations can be applied more broadly to reduce violence everywhere. Further, it reflects an understanding of the relationship between multiple forms of violence (e.g., street and family violence), which are all too prevalent in communities across the U.S.
Join city representatives and other individuals and organizations. For more information or to sign on, contact the UNITY team at Prevention Institute by calling (510) 444-7738 or emailing unity-at-preventioninstitute.org.
American Public Health Association
CeaseFire, Chicago Project for Violence Prevention
Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund)
Metro St. Louis Coalition for Inclusion and Equity (M-SLICE)
National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)
National Association of State Boards of Education
National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE)
The Peace Alliance
Safe States Alliance
Trauma Services at Washington Hospital Center
Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles
West-Louisville Crime Vision
Howard Pinderhughes of the University of California, San Francisco
Barri Rosenbluth, Expect Respect Program Director, SafePlace
Howard Spivak of the Institute for Community Inclusion
Billie Weiss of the UCLA School of Public Health
Representatives of these cities endorse the UNITY Urban Agenda and Policy Platform: