We believe that we call 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 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 heal relationships 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: We believe that change happens through relationships, so we focus on building trusting relationships with individuals and communities most impacted by violence. The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago has positioned itself intentionally in Austin, Back of the Yards, and West Garfield Park so that we can physically be part of the communities we work with.
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: Because fifty percent of children and youth experience one or more traumatic events in their lifetimes, 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.