Intervene in Gang Violence

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Intervene in Gang Violence

Gang violence is a national problem.  In a groundbreaking study, social work researchers and data scientists at Columbia are collaborating coding social media to prevent, diffuse, and intervene in gang violence. The project is headed by Desmond Patton, an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, and Kathleen McKeown, Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science in SEAS and Former Director of the Data Science Institute.

We are working on developing a predictive computational model that tracks social aggression in social media (insults, threats)) and interprets results to intervene before gang tweets and chatter can escalate into physical violence.  We have made great progress, but need your help to continue our data analysis, pay for researchers, and expand this work to many cities. 

Your support is imperative to continuing this important work and helping to make our streets safer for all. Please make your gift today!


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