Our core mission is to reduce violence in Milwaukee. The Office of Violence Prevention provides strategic direction and oversight for City efforts to reduce risk of violence through linked strategies in partnership with government, non-profit, neighborhood, and faith organizations.
The Office of Violence Prevention has released gun safety brochures. Download copies in English and Spanish.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is participating in the 2016 National Week of Action (October 16-22) and the #PurpleThursday campaign on October 20th, organized by the National Network to End Domestic Violence. We encourage others to join us. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, help is available. View our list of local domestic violence and sexual assault resources.
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The Commission coordinates the community's response to domestic violence and sexual assault by promoting collaboration among law enforcement, victims' advocates, the justice system, health care providers, and policy makers.
The City of Milwaukee serves as a partner agency on this local effort to improve our community's response to human trafficking.
We're advancing local and national efforts to reduce gun violence and access to illegal guns.
The Office of Violence Prevention brings resources, including the initiatives listed above, to its partnerships throughout the community to support violence prevention programs:
- Medical College of Wisconsin – Violence Prevention Initiative
- Family Justice Center Development Advisory Team
- Homicide Review Commission
- Community Justice Council
Why take a Public Health Approach to Violence?
Each year, millions of individuals, families, and communities bear the physical, mental, and economic costs of violence. As a leading cause of injury, disability, and premature death, this issue compromises health and safety. Merely witnessing violent incidents can result in psychological disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Violence discourages economic development in troubled areas, thereby affecting the accessibility of jobs, healthy food, and safe housing. The physical wellbeing of residents, who stay indoors to avoid violent behavior in their community, can exacerbate health problems.
Fortunately, violence is a learned behavior and is preventable.
The public health approach uses a four-pronged framework to investigate, understand, and address violence by:
- Defining the nature and scope of the violence problem through data collection
- Researching why violence occurs, who it affects, risk and protective factors, and other influences that can be impacted through intervention strategies
- Designing, implementing, and evaluating violence prevention strategies
- Ensuring widespread adoption of evidence-based practices on an individual, family, community, and societal level
Our aim is to stop violence before it starts. Community-wide prevention is the most effective, long-term solution to violence, and the Office of Violence Prevention engages a wide range of partners to facilitate a multidisciplinary, population-level approach to influence the social, behavioral, and environmental factors that contribute to violence. The Office of Violence Prevention brings together agencies, experts, and community resources on efforts that reduce:
- Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
- Sexual Assault
- Child Abuse
- Human Trafficking
- Children Witness to Violence
- Community Violence
- Gun Violence
- Interpersonal Violence, Intentional injury, and Homicide
Our office also integrates prevention activities throughout Milwaukee Health Department programs for injuries not caused by violence.