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New leader for Peoria Community Against Violence introduces additional programs

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- Recent violence has been seen throughout the streets of Peoria. On Monday, two people were shot in the East Bluff neighborhood. The Peoria Community Against Violence group said they have looked to change that narrative.

New CEO, Becky Rossman said they were working on new programs, including a street intervention team, family services, and getting into schools to work on prevention of more violence.

The organizations main goal was to focus on being proactive, instead of reactive to the incidents.

Rossman said it was tragic this kind of violence has became 'normalized' to people.

"I've had at least a dozen young boys tell me that they really don't care about school, and they don't care, have any big asperations because they don't expect to live past the age of 20 or 25. That's where we need the community to come together and change that narrative," said Rossman.

She said it will to take everyone to make a long term impact on the violence in Peoria. So far, she is charting the group's next, immediate move.

Paige Blanzy

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