Announcement of Cure Violence Global and URI Partnership

13 June 2023

The United Religions Initiative (URI) and Cure Violence Global (CVG) are partnering to reduce violence worldwide, hoping to save thousands of lives in the coming years.  CVG brings a data-driven, evidence-based approach to violence prevention and URI brings the world’s largest interfaith grassroots network promoting peace, justice, and healing in more than 110 countries. 

Both organizations share a vision of a violence-free world.  


The objectives of the partnership are to:

  • scale the understanding that violence is a behavior that can be prevented and which acts and spreads in a contagious manner;
  • promote cultures of peace, justice, mutual understanding, and respect;
  • encourage and support people of the world’s religious, spiritual, and indigenous traditions to use their influence to change norms and stop the spread of violence.

Dr. Monique Williams, CVG Executive Director, emphasizes that violence is a behavior that can be prevented and spread in a contagious manner.   “That’s why a health approach is critical to reversing the proliferation of violence in our communities.”

URI Executive Director, Jerry White, considers the partnership with CVG a “tremendous opportunity to scale the health approach, fulfilling URI’s mission to end religiously motivated violence.” 

This month, CVG and URI are collaborating in connection with the UN International Day for Countering Hate Speech (June 18) on a social media campaign highlighting the importance of interrupting and stopping the spread of hate speech, and incitement to violence, online and at the community level.   

For more information about this new partnership, please contact Karen Volker, URI Director of Partnership and Violence Prevention, at [email protected], or Brent Decker, CVG Chief Program Officer, at [email protected]

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