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 White House has expanded its work on campus sexual assault to include a new campaign, It's On Us. Visit the It's On Us website to take a pledge to address sexual assault. This resource will also give you tips about how to identify, handle, and prevent campus sexual assault. Watch the testimonies of others, record a video sharing why this is personal cause for you, or download a campaign organizing toolkit to make a difference in your community.
The Wisconsin Governor's Council on Domestic Abuse (Governor's Council) and End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin developed a six-year plan to identify recommendations related to funding for domestic violence victim services and to suggest funding and policy priorities to the domestic violence victim advocacy field. Access the plan on the Wisconsin DV Plan website.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is launching Milwaukee County's VINE Protective Order service on July 15th. This service will notify you, when a temporary restraining order has been served by law enforcement. You must register to be notified. To register, call 1-855-948-7648 or visit their website. You will need the 12-digit CCAP case number, the name of the issuing county, and the respondent's first and last name.
The Office of Violence Prevention is partnering with the United States Attorney’s Office, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and twenty other agencies to host the 2014 Project Safe Neighborhoods Anti-Gang and Violence Prevention Summit on September 24th and 25th. Attendees will have the option to select from over 60 programs, as they work with other professionals from their community to address violent crime issues. The summit will be held at the Olympia Resort and Conference Center in Oconomowoc. Click here for the conference flyer, registration form, and agenda.
The Human Trafficking Task Force has kicked off its Unlucky Thirteen campaign, which includes bus shelter public service announcements, digital billboards, and online and social media efforts to spread awareness of human trafficking in Milwaukee. Parents, teens, and other concerned community members can use the Unlucky Thirteen website for general information on this issue as well as safety tips for both parents and teens.
Milwaukee Gun Hotline
Mayor Tom Barrett has announced the launch of the Milwaukee Gun Hotline. Residents are encouraged to call 414-335-4867 (GUNS) to report suspected illegal weapons.
Learn About Our Work
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.