Education in Virtual Worlds, Second Life

‘Violence Interruption’ Training in SL

CeaseFire, a ‘violence interruption’ program whose aim is to prevent the spread of violent activities, was featured recently in a cover piece in the New York Times magazine. The piece was an in-depth look at combining science and intervention to combat gang violence in Chicago, based on the premise that violence should be treated like a contagious disease – find the carriers and intervene.

And the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – one of the financial backers of the program – writes on its blog that CeaseFire has set up two islands in SL to extend the training program.

At the CeaseFire island, great care has been given to make the street scape eerily similar to RL Chicago to makes the training that much more realistic. The RWJF blog will have an upcoming interview with Candace Kane, the Deputy Director of CeaseFire, who will explain more fully the advantages to virtual training.

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