Reducing violence among high-risk African American men through individual support

Young African American males are disproportionately affected by violence, with homicide being the leading cause of death among African American males between the ages of 15 and 34 and accounting for 50% of all deaths among 15-24-year-old African American men. With easy access to firearms, the rates of violence are particularly high in Alabama and its largest metropolitan area, Birmingham. Individual skill-based interventions reduce violence in a variety of populations, but it is not known if these interventions are effective for high-risk individuals in the community. Through a partnership between the Dannon Project, City of Birmingham, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, this project tests whether an individual skill-based intervention is effective in reducing violent behavior among high-risk individuals than re-entry services alone. In addition, we will determine which individuals are more likely to benefit from this individual intervention.