Through research, evidence-based programming, and direct service, UChicago is working with community partners on the South Side and beyond to build safer communities, save lives, and heal traumatic emotional wounds inflicted by violence.
Our social work, public policy, and public health faculty work with community organizations to identify the root causes of violence, develop innovative solutions, and deploy strategic programs to reduce crime and restore neighborhoods.
For example, we are working alongside Bronzeville community leaders to eradicate youth violence through a collaborative, comprehensive action plan focused on supporting youth and their families. We also are using our data analytics expertise to advance effective strategies that will promote public safety.
At UChicago Medicine, we offer the city’s only hospital-based program dedicated to helping survivors of violence recover, both physically and emotionally. Our efforts to promote holistic recovery are providing a model for trauma centers across the country.
New UCPD unit to connect victims and witnesses of serious crimes with local resources and support
This week, as part of a broader effort to enhance patrol and community safety resources in recent months, the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) launched a dedicated Victims and Witness Services Unit to support members of the campus and South Side communities alike.
Collaborative between UChicago Medicine and Advocate Health Care supports 18 grassroots organizations helping to keep kids safe this summer
Eighteen South Side community groups are receiving $150,000 to support their grassroots work supporting youth and keeping them safe during the summer — a time when violence and violent injuries typically increases in the Chicagoland area.
Centers for New Horizons
Bronzeville-based Centers for New Horizons specializes in violence prevention and intervention in addition to employment and workforce development. UChicago Medicine is a proud partner in this work.