New coalition to kick off anti-violence effort in Hartford

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Several community groups in Hartford have banded together to fight violence in the capital city.

The Hartford Community Safety Coalition is planning a wide range of initiatives for the next year aimed at reducing gun violence, raising awareness and addressing trauma.

The coalition has scheduled a community safety fair for Nov. 17 to kick off the group’s efforts.

Advocates say there have been more than 600 shootings in the city since 2013. City police report there have been more than 120 shooting incidents this year, surpassing last year’s total of 115. There also were 18 murders through the end of October, compared with 25 in 2017.

Groups in the coalition include COMPASS Youth Collaborative, Hartford Communities That Care, United Against Violence, Peace Center of Connecticut and the Wilson-Gray YMCA.

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