State of the City 2017
On Tuesday night, Mayor Marty Walsh gave the annual State of the City address. We appreciate that Mayor Walsh talked about the critical issue of how Boston responds when a homicide happens.
Mayor Walsh said, "45 homicides in our city last year. That's unacceptable. One is too many. And zero is our goal. To get there we have to keep digging up the roots of violence and sowing the seeds of opportunity...
In the aftermath of violence, health centers, hospitals, and community groups will coordinate immediate response and sustained recovery for all those affected. Together we'll break the cycle of suffering and violence and bring healing to our city."
Every person who is murdered leaves behind at least 10 family members. With 45 homicides last year, there are more than 450 new survivors of murder victims. This number does not include friends, classmates, and coworkers who are also feeling grief and anger. These survivors are at the beginning of a long and painful healing journey.
We agree with Mayor Walsh that making programs and services available to families impacted by murder is essential to interrupting cycles of violence and trauma in our city. We are working to establish a formal homicide response protocol with the city of Boston to codify these best practices.
The Peace Institute convenes the Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims Providers Network every month. More than forty agencies are part of the Network, and together we coordinate the immediate response and ongoing healing work after a homicide happens.
We are committed to working with all of our partners so we're all equipped to respond equitably and effectively, no matter when or where a homicide happens in Boston. All survivors of homicide victims deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion, regardless of the circumstances.