RIT plans program to reduce gun violence

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The Rochester Institute of Technology plans to conduct extensive research on retaliatory gun violence in Rochester.

RIT plans to use nearly $200,000 from the New York State Health Foundation to form the Community Engagement to Reduce Victimization program. 

According to RIT, 60% of shootings that occurred in Rochester between 2010 and 2013 were linked with retaliations from previous disputes.

Starting in January, the program will perform assessments on victims taken to Rochester General Hospital where about 40% of all area shooting victims are taken. After being admitted to the emergency room for gunshot or blunt force trauma, the victim will be sent a task force from Pathways To Peace – an outreach agency for violent youth. 

The task force will determine the best way to de-escalate the dispute to reduce the chance of future retaliation. This may mean working with the victim’s family, or even moving them to an out-of-town hotel for a few days after discharged. 

The program hopes to reduce gun violence by 7 to 10 percent, and reduce hospital re-admissions. 

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