Center for Violence Prevention Research

Center for Violence Prevention Research

Evidence-Based Violence Prevention: Saving Lives, Preserving Futures Statistics on violence in the U.S.: What can we do?

Violence is one of the most critical, pervasive and devastating challenges facing society today. In 2016, there were nearly 38,000 deaths from gun violence in the United States. Violence can take many forms—from homicide and assault to suicide, and from domestic violence to terrorism—and behind each incident are individual lives shattered, families and communities changed forever, and millions of people asking “What can I do?

Over 23K Gun Owners in California are Banned from Possessing Firearms But Still Do

May 31, 2021
California is one of 20 states that allow gun restraining orders, in which the government can take away a person’s firearm if they’re believed to be a threat to themselves or others. The California program, known as the Armed and Prohibited Persons System, boasts a relatively small staff of law enforcement officials, which has made it difficult to keep up with the growing list.

Can new gun violence research find a path around the political stalemate?

March 27, 2021

Dr. Garen J. Wintemute, who directs the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, said he lost grant money after the Dickey Amendment was enacted. In the two decades that followed, he said, his work has been supported by the state of California, by foundations, as well as the N.I.H., which was not specifically named in the Dickey Amendment, and the Justice Department. He said he had also spent a little more than $2 million of his own money to continue the work.