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The community of August Town has been plagued by decades of extraordinarily high degrees of violence. With the exception being 2016, the “year of zero murders”. The catalyst of this drastic and positive change captivated the attention of not only the public but the media, government and non-governmental agencies.

CAPRI in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development is undertaking a study that explores the various theories with the objective to distil “lessons” from the August Town experience, specifically as it regards to anti-violence interventions. The study aims to ultimately inform the Government of Jamaica on decisions regarding the direction of and investment in violence prevention intervention programmes in violence-ridden communities.

CAPRI Examines the Year of Zero Murders in August Town