Our core mission is to reduce violence in Milwaukee. In collaboration with community partners and experts, we strategize to prevent violence against people of all ages and work to ensure that people affected by violence have access to justice and social service systems.
Planning is already underway for Denim Day 2014! The City of Milwaukee is partnering with service providers, survivors, and their supporters to honor those affected by sexual assault and call attention to the dangers of victim blaming. On April 23rd, we are asking residents to wear jeans in support of sexual assault awareness. For more information on this important campaign and learn how you can get involved, please visit the official Denim Day Milwaukee webpage.
The White House Council on Women and Girls released a report entitled, “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action.” As part of a national effort to address sexual assault on college campuses, President Obama established the “White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault." The task force will share best practices and increase transparency, enforcement, public awareness, and interagency coordination to prevent violence and support survivors. Read the report.
Human Trafficking Awareness Event
The City of Milwaukee is working with the Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee to host an evening of acknowledgement, education, and awareness of local and national human trafficking on Thursday, January 30th, from 5-7PM in the City Hall Rotunda. To RSVP, please visit the Eventbrite page.
Youth and adults gather to talk strategies to reduce gun violence. More information.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, TMJ4 has partnered with the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to offer a phone bank on Tuesday, October 22, from 3-6:30pm. Experts representing local domestic violence agencies will be on hand to answer anonymous calls from community members. Learn more about our efforts to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month. More information.
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 was selected by the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance to lead a planning project to improve the delivery of justice and human services to sexual assault victims
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's Violence Prevention Initiative
- Disabilities and Violence Community Collaborative
- Firearm Straw Purchase & Gun Safety Projects
- Homicide Review Commission/Center for Community Safety
- U.S. Department of Justice National Training Grant
- Child Abuse/Infant Homicides/Child Witness to Violence
- Milwaukee Public Schools Futures First Program
- Safe Streets Common Ground
- Milwaukee County Community Justice Council
Why take a Public Health Approach to Violence?
Because community-wide prevention is the most effective, long-term solution to violence. Statistics demonstrate that violence has come to a crisis point in our country, especially for youth. The Office of Violence Prevention exists to bring together agencies, experts, and community resources on efforts that reduce:
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
- Illegal Guns
- Interpersonal Violence, Intentional injury, and Homicide
- Child Abuse and Infant Homicide
Our office also integrates prevention activities throughout Milwaukee Health Department programs for injuries not caused by violence.