An event that aims to use haircuts — to help reduce the violence on Rochester city streets.

The 32nd Annual Cut the Violence event was held Monday night at ABC Headstart on Jefferson Avenue.Each year — parents in Rochester are encouraged to bring their kids for a free haircut.    

Local leaders like Monroe County Legislator Willie Lightfoot — who sponsors the event — hopes gatherings like this — that bring people together in a positive way — can help stem future violence in Rochester.

“We just want to be able to support each other and let each other know that we are there for each other that we don’t have to resort to violence we don’t have to resort to ways of life other that the right way of life.”

In addition to the free haircuts — children who came out tonight also received free toys courtesy of the pirate toy fund.