Philadelphia joins cities across the nation in honoring Gun Violence Awareness Month

Posted by City of Philadelphia on June 6, 2023

The City of Philadelphia is joining cities across the nation in honoring June as Gun Violence Awareness Month.

Established in 2015, Gun Violence Awareness Month is acknowledged annually by cities, towns, and communities nationwide.

As of 2021, the year with the most complete data on the subject, 48,830 people died from gun-related injuries in the US, a 23 percent increase since 2019. In 2022, the City of Philadelphia recorded 516 homicides. While still unacceptably high, this number represents an 8 percent drop in homicides from 2021, and we plan to continue to implement our violence prevention efforts to continue to reduce homicides in Philadelphia.

Philadelphians who want to contribute to this continued decrease in violent crime in our city and get involved can join us for one of our many community events throughout June and beyond, as well as check out events being hosted by our community partners below.

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