The fourth largest city in the United States also experiences the same socio-economic and quality of life issues facing many cities nationwide: poverty, unemployment, housing, education, traffic congestion and commute times, environmental concerns, and violent crime.
Houston has a violent crime rate of 1,026 incidents for every 100,000 people and a murder rate of 11.8 per 100,000, more than double the comparable national average3. Additionally, researchers at UT Health Science Center Houston and reported that nearly 20% of fifth graders in the Houston Independent School District have experienced at least one violent injury. Specifically, 12.5% of fifth graders reported having sustained a violent injury due to firearms, 8.4% due to knife injuries, and 3.6% due to fights. Further, violent injuries increased over time, with 49% of 10th graders saying they sustained a violent injury over the past 12 months4.
It is clear that, today, there is no greater priority in our rapidly changing, multi-cultural community than to implement strategies that enable nonviolent conflict resolution.