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Reducing violence in poor urban areas of Honduras by building community resilience through community-based interventions



To examine the impact of a 3 year community-based violence prevention intervention on risk of violence and social capital in two poor urban communities in Honduras in 2011–2014.


A quasi-experimental design pre and post implementation of the intervention was conducted based on data from two randomly selected samples using the same structured questionnaire in 2011 and in 2014.


Community members had a 42 % lower risk of violence in 2014 compared to 2011. There was a positive relation between participation in the intervention and structural social capital, and participants had more than twice the likelihood of engaging in citizenship activities compared to the general population.


The intervention contributed to decreasing violence and increasing community resilience in two urban areas in Honduras. Citizenship activities and active community participation in the violence prevention agenda rather than social trust and cohesion characteristics was affected by the intervention. This research introduces important lessons learned to future researchers aiming to retrieve very sensitive data in a similarly violent setting, and provides strong research opportunities within areas, which to this date remain undiscovered.

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The authors thank the study respondents for their participation in this study. Special thanks to Dr. Shr-Jie Sharlenna Wang for her statistical support in the data analysis and Anna-Sofia Yurtaslan for assisting in proof reading of the final manuscript. DIGNITY Danish Institute Against Torture funded this research.

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Correspondence to Nete Sloth Hansen-Nord.

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This article is part of the special issue "Violence and Health: Implications of the 2030 Agenda for South-North Collaboration”.

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Hansen-Nord, N.S., Kjaerulf, F., Almendarez, J. et al. Reducing violence in poor urban areas of Honduras by building community resilience through community-based interventions. Int J Public Health 61, 935–943 (2016).

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  • Violence prevention
  • Intervention
  • Social capital
  • Resilience