Decisions about how land is used, by whom, and for what purposes hold immense potential to prevent violence before it occurs. Yet, despite the connection between land use and community safety, land use decisions are rarely made with violence prevention in mind. Developed with funding from The California Endowment, Community Safety by Design: Preventing Violence through Land Use explores the nexus of land use and neighborhood safety and analyzes the implications of the current state of practice. Using the Spectrum of Prevention as a framework, this publication offers recommendations for creating safer communities through a deeper understanding of the intersection of place and safety.
Prevention Institute has produced a video that explores the intersection of land use and violence prevention. This video came out of our Community Safety by Design paper, our 2016 Healthy, Equitable, Active Land Use (HEALU) Network summit in Los Angeles on land use and violence prevention, and a continued exploration of these intersectional issues. Learn more about the 2016 summit by reading the Land Use and Violence Prevention Summit Recap.