Kansas City Weighs Homicide Prevention Program

Cities often have differing methods of preventing homicides and other types of violence, and a program in Chicago has been successful in lowering homicide rates while inspiring other cities to develop similar initiatives. Kansas City, in particular, has created a program called Aim4Peace, which delivers counseling, therapy, and other preventive care to those at-risk for acts of violence against others. But as funding for such programs becomes ever more difficult to find, some are considering whether Aim4Peace should continue to be supported at all, leaving many advocates concerned over the future of quality preventive care for some of humanity’s most pressing issues.

© Copyright 2010 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • kyle mills

    kyle mills

    February 6th, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    it would be a real setback if the program is discontinued altogethr…if funding is low, then the program may be minimized at the m,aximum…because starting such a program once again from scratch will not be easy…it should definitely continue.

  • Johnny Coding

    Johnny Coding

    February 7th, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    they should try and keep the program alive as it is no doubt helping atleast a few people if not too many…and even one human life is extra special…

  • Shana


    February 7th, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    How are these folks identified? That kind of disturbs me. The intent sounds right but maybe the methods of weeding out those who need the help and those who don’t may not be the best. But who am I to say? If it seems to be working in Chicago then no wonder there are other cities who wish to follow suit.

  • Betty


    February 8th, 2010 at 3:43 AM

    these kind of community programs need to be encouraged and more need to be increased instead of actually putting brakes on this one…funding is not going to be a problem for too long as almost all the sectors are slowly moving out of the recession and sponsors could be found very shortly.

  • shannon b

    shannon b

    February 8th, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Why should there even be a question as to whether or not the funding should continue. Duh- if the program is working then let it continue to do a good thing and keep the money rolling in to help it keep moving along. Sometimes people in “leadership roles” are so stupid- I mean come on they will do veerything and throw money toward anything else except those things which are proven to have a record of success. Just what exactly is that all about? Large cities have struggled for years to find ways to curb crime numbers and with this it looks like they are on to something. Why would you even think about cutting it?

  • Richard Pallord

    Richard Pallord

    February 8th, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    ^^ completely agree with you…it is almost always that the leaders’ opinions and views are opposite to what the general public thinks and also opposite to what logic says… maybe its because their views are dictated by certain ‘sponsors’…!

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