“Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone”
Join the Cure4Camden Team as we walk in memory and honor of those who have lost their lives due to violence. We walk in memory of our family members, friends, and neighbors who have lost their lives to homicides especially gun violence. We walk to support those who have lost a family member, friend or neighbor to violence. We walk because we want everyone to know they are not alone. We walk because nobody should be excluded from HOPE.
Cure4Camden walks because we know money raised will support survivors of violence and trauma. One example is Center For Family Services’ Survivors of Homicide and Traumatic Grief Support and Counseling Services. Cure4Camden is grateful for the support it has given individuals who have lost someone to homicide. Cure4Camden has connected many survivors of homicide to the Survivors of Homicide’s Passport to Healing, bi-annual retreats for individuals who have lost someone to homicide. The retreats are designed to bring survivors together for a day of mutual support and healing while engaging in cooperative play, art, and music that builds and broadens individuals’ tools for surviving. Individuals and families can attend at no cost. So, through your support more families will have the opportunity to attend a day of healing and support.
Information on Cure4Camden and Violence as a Public Health Issue
Cure4Camden is a community based violence intervention program within the Centerville, Cooper/Lanning, Liberty Park, and Whitman Park communities of Camden City that focuses on stopping the shootings and killings. Cure4Camden applies the evidenced-based Cure Violence Model started in Chicago in 2000. Cure Violence, approaches violence as a disease that can be stopped by using the same science-based strategies used to fight infectious disease like AIDS.
Cure4Camden is part of the Cure Violence Movement working to fundamentally change the discourse on and approach to violence from the prevailing paradigm that understands violence as moral corruption or human failing that applies punitive strategies to address the issue, to one that includes an understanding and addressing of violence as a health problem – a contagious epidemic. Because violence negatively affects the health of victims as well as those who witness violence; it acts like an epidemic disease; and it can be effectively prevented using health methods.
The magnitude of violence – in terms of the number of victims – makes it a serious health issue. But the effects of violence also ripple through a community, causing trauma to those who witness it or live in fear of it. Violence is a health issue because it directly affects the health of its victims. In fact, its’ such a direct health program that:
- It’s the #1 cause of death for African American and Latino males aged 15 – 24
- In many cities, violence is the #1 cause of death for all people under the age of 34
- Since 1960, more than one million people have died in the United States from intentional violence
Violence is also a health issue because of the many indirect effects. Merely being exposed to violence has been linked to:
- Chronic Disease (heart disease, asthma, stroke, cancer and more)
- Mental Health Problems
- Lower quality of life
- Increased risk of perpetrating violence
Mental trauma from exposure to violence has been scientifically shown to increase a person’s risk of adopting violent behavior themselves, meaning that violent behaviors transmits and spreads based on exposure – just like an epidemic disease. There are three characteristics of an epidemic disease – clustering, spread and transmission. Violence exhibits all three of these characteristics.