We believe that we all have a role to play to end violence, so our mission is to end the cycle of violence in Chicago by making
Dr. King’s principles, practices, and teachings of nonviolence a part of our daily lives. At the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, we do our part through conflict mediation, victim advocacy, case management, nonviolence training, and community organizing.
These methods help us work to reduce shootings, guide people involved in violence through their journey away from it, empower and nurture communities in the aftermath of violence, and mediate positive interactions between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Our approach to ending violence is hyper-local, restorative, trauma-informed, and rooted in principles of nonviolence.
Hyper-local: The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago has positioned itself intentionally in Austin, Back of the Yards, and West Garfield Park so that we can truly be part of the communities we work with. Not only are we located inside the neighborhoods we help, but those same neighborhoods are ones a majority of our team members come from. Whether they currently live in these communities, grew up there, or have worked there for years, our team has established, trusting relationships inside the neighborhoods we support. We believe that change happens through relationships, so we continue to build trusting relationships with individuals and communities most impacted by violence.
Restorative Justice: We believe punishment is not always the best solution to a problem. Restoration is an inside job. Therefore, we work with individuals and communities, showing them that transformation grows from the inside out.
Trauma-informed: Where there is violence, there are decades of trauma behind these cycles. This is why we are sensitive to trauma and the many ways it impacts people throughout their lives. We support people who are both directly and indirectly exposed to violence and connect them to whatever services they need to help them move through their pain.
Principles of Nonviolence: Everything we do draws from Dr. King’s principles of nonviolence, which state that violence is learned, cyclical, and systemic. So we’re here to unlearn violence, break the cycle, and change the system.