City announces funding for new anti-violence initiatives

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The Mayor's Office to Prevent Gun Violence has unveiled $34 million in new initiatives that it believes will ultimately save lives citywide.

That includes opening four new crisis management system locations, creating mobile trauma units and creating a second public safety coalition in Bushwick.

"We wanted to have an office specifically devoted to ending gun violence in our community," says City Council member Laurie Cumbo, who started the Mayor's Office to Prevent Gun Violence with others.

The crisis management services locations will now work out of the 81st and 88th precincts, which serve the communities of Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn, among others. It includes job training, conflict mediation and other services.

The goal is to reduced crime and increase confidence in police.

The first public safety coalition operated out of East Flatbush with the help of nonprofit GMACC, or Gangsters Making Astronomical Community Changes, and has been proven to be successful.

The New York City health commissioner says violence can cause severe trauma that has long-term consequences. She adds that having a mental health component with counseling will help reduce trauma in communities.

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