Communities Partnering 4 Peace

Nonviolence, trauma-informed care, hyper-local collaboration, restorative justice practices.

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Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P), convened by Metropolitan Family Services, is a framework that provides a comprehensive, long-term approach to reducing violence and gang activity among the individuals and communities it serves.

How CP4P Works

  • Hyper-local approach: partner organizations adapt CP4P’s model to fit their unique needs, engaging their residents and partners as part of the solution to gun violence
  • Putting the power in communities’ hands: CP4P relies on authentic, trusted relationships, facilitated by local organizations informed in peace, trauma, and wraparound services
  • Developing a professional understanding with the Chicago Police Department, built and maintained on mutual trust and respect between CP4P’s outreach workers and CPD

CP4P Perspectives: Benny Estrada on CP4P helping in the community

“What is Street Outreach?”

Street Outreach

Relationship-based interventions prevent violence.

  • Street outreach workers identify and respond to threats/incidents
  • Intervention involves using strategies to de-escalate tensions, control rumors, and support families of victims and perpetrators of violence to prevent the next shooting
  • Pre-release and re-entry services: relationship development with returning citizens and connections to key resources helps prepare for family and community reunification

Case Management

Proactive services mitigate further high-risk situations.

  • Case Managers connect individuals at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of violence with supportive services
  • Services include: legal and restorative justice, employment, family support, trauma-informed mental health, substance abuse services

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