CONEY ISLAND - Officials and residents in Coney Island kicked off an anti-violence campaign today to bring attention to the increase in violence in the area.

At a meeting held today, officials unveiled posters which will be put up across the area in hope of bringing awareness to violence. Following the announcement, a panel discussion took place where residents could share their stories of violence to try and begin a dialogue about the problem in the neighborhood.

Residents hope that with the posters and an open dialogue, violence will be reduced.