Urban violence and public prevention policy: assessment of Program “Fica Vivo” (is alive), in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Abstract Urban violence in Brazil has reached high proportions in recent years. Only in 2014, almost 60 thousand people were victims of homicide in Brazil, positioning the country among the most violent in the world. The goal of this research note is to present the evaluation of the implementation of the Fica Vivo Program in the city of Belo Horizonte over 15 years of execution. In general, it can be said that the program has fulfilled its objective and has succeeded in reversing the growth trend of homicide rates. The methodology adopted to evaluate the impacts of the Fica Vivo Program allowed to assess the effects of policies of prevention and control of homicide.