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Violence Prevention Projects

The Office of Violence Prevention brings resources to its partnerships throughout the community to support violence prevention programs.


Medical College of Wisconsin’s Violence Prevention Initiative

We partnered with the Medical College of Wisconsin in developing its historical Violence Prevention Initiative. Through this multi-million dollar project, MCW is evaluating two area community partnership teams over five years with the charge to:

  • Implement violence prevention programs for youth, ages 0-11 years;

  • Develop leadership capacity to prevent violence among youth, ages 12-17 years; and

  • Build and strengthen community capacity and resources to prevent youth violence.

The Project is underway in the City of Milwaukee. We continue to provide technical assistance and support the Initiative in reaching its objectives.

Area of Focus: Violence and Youth

Impact: Increase in community capacity and resources to prevent youth violence


Community Collaborative

We collaborated with IndependenceFirst, Sojourner Truth House, and Milwaukee County Division of Disability Services in order to improve community response to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence with disabilities.

The disabilities and violence team completed a needs assessment plan and report; developed protocol guides; reviewed work sites for accessibility and a welcoming environment; developed linkages with other allied agencies; and designed training and cross training for partner agencies.

Further efforts:

  • The collaborative will monitor and provide technical assistance to pilot projects including a pilot in two of Milwaukee Health Department’s home visitation programs.

  • The team will provide education and training to law enforcement, social services, and other stakeholder agencies designed to f0ster a culture of change that will break down barriers that exist for survivors with disabilities.

Area of Focus: Violence Against People with Disabilities

Impact: Expansion and improvement of community response to survivors of violence with disabilities; breakdown of barriers that exist culturally for survivors with disabilities.


Milwaukee County Community Justice Council

The Milwaukee County Community Justice Council was established by Milwaukee’s political and justice system leaders to coordinate services and to allocate financial resources to ensure crime reduction, victim support, offender accountability and restorative, community-based programs. Through strategic planning and research, the Council identifies, evaluates and develops strategies to both improve the justice system and enhance public safety and the quality of life in Milwaukee County.

Area of Focus: Justice System


Homicide Review Commission/Center for Community Safety

The Office of Violence Prevention is participating in:

  • The Homicide Review Commission, which focuses on neighborhoods in order to reduce incidents of crime and violence. We participate in the reviews and help develop specific strategies to reduce violence and crimes in those neighborhoods. The law enforcement community, clergy community, medical community, and others collaborate to implement these strategies.

  • Establishing an academic Center for Community Safety to develop systemic change strategies. The Center will convene a multidisciplinary team of researchers, practitioners, community-based organizations, policy makers and neighborhood leaders. Using the Homicide Review Commission’s real-time data, the Center will use a data-driven, problem-solving framework to address violence crime and its root causes. Through the Center’s work, the City of Milwaukee will be prepared to respond to and to prevent violence in a comprehensive and sustainable way- at multiple levels that reach residents who are directly and indirectly affected by violence. Current discussions address affiliation with several universities and colleges, including UWM’s School of Public Health, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin.

Area of Focus: Violence and Homicide Crime

Impact: Short – and long-term support for strategies that reduce incidents of crime and violence.


U.S. Department of Justice Homicide National Training Grant – Homicide Review

We have been designated by the U.S. Department of Justice Office’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office as a fiscal agent/community partner for a two-year national training grant concerning homicide review. The project provides training and technical assistance to local police departments and other criminal justice professionals in urban districts to build their capacity to prevent homicides and related events, such as nonfatal shootings and near fatal domestic violence incidents, using a “homicide review” prevention model. Our staff will assist in the design of the training, particularly the domestic violence component of the model.

Area of Focus: Violence and Homicide Crime

Impact: Increased capacity within the Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee community to prevent homicides, shootings, and near fatal domestic violence.


Child Witness to Violence

A recent data collection effort revealed that approximately 90% of violence offenders prosecuted by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office have either been through the child welfare system or were child witnesses to violence. The OVP attends the pediatric child homicide reviews and is developing a specific workgroup to address child abuse in Milwaukee.

Area of Focus: Violence and Children

Impact: Improved community response to child abuse


Milwaukee Public Schools Futures First Program

We collaborated with Milwaukee Public Schools and the correctional system to support youth, who were incarcerated or on parole in making a successful transition back to Milwaukee Public Schools. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Futures First program brought together a wide range of community agencies, organizations, and resources to provide students in seven MPS high schools with specific academic, employment, and social support.

Area of Focus: Violence and Youth

Impact: Implementation of a school-based strategy for reducing truancy, violent crime, and youth involvement in gangs.


Safe Streets Common Ground

A program in which Mayor Barrett and U.S. Attorney Biskupic partnered and received a Federal Grant to target two specific Milwaukee police districts to specifically reduce gang and drug-related violence in those district neighborhoods. The Office of Violence Prevention works with neighborhood leaders, church leaders, community groups, and law enforcement to decrease violence in the two districts.

Area of Focus: Gang- and Drug-related violence

Impact: Community-wide collaboration to reduce gang- and drug-related violence in Milwaukee


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Contact Us

Office of Violence Prevention
Milwaukee Health Department
Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building
841 North Broadway, 3rd Floor
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Terry Perry
Director, Office of Violence Prevention
(414) 286-8553

Erin Perkins
Coordinator, Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
(414) 286-2997