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Violence Prevention

Improving Health by Promoting Peace

The Chicago Department of Public Health established the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) in 1994 following the Surgeon General declaration of violence as a public health epidemic.

OVP works to prevent violence across the lifespan and reduce its negative impacts when it does occur. We understand violence to be anything that hurts or destroys any person, place or thing. We believe that exposure to violence in the home and/or community can change the life of a child forever.

We believe that exposure to violence in the home and/or community can change the life of a child forever "Children See..Children Do" .

We believe in primary prevention-preventing violence from happening in the first place by increasing awareness, identifying alternatives, responding early, surrounding children with protection, building on strengths, supporting parents and caregivers, strengthening community connections and working towards a culture of peace and justice.

The work of the Office of Violence Prevention focuses on:

  • Teaching - through violence prevention community education workshops and professional development training
  • Strengthening Systems - working with national, state, city and community groups to apply a violence prevention lens to the work they do
  • Reaching Community Partners - EVERYONE has a role to play in violence prevention!

Most Recent News (Violence Prevention)

Oct 9, 2015 CTA Expands Its ‘If It’s Unwanted, It’s Harassment’ Awareness Campaign
Apr 22, 2015 CEV Prevention Week 2015 Kicked Off Monday with the Community Spirit Awards
Jul 13, 2012 CeaseFire Pilot Program Begins Today
Jun 26, 2012 City of Chicago Partners with the UIC School of Public Health and Chicago Project for Violence Prevention (CeaseFire) to Address Gang Violence
Apr 18, 2012 Preventing Childhood Exposure to Violence Is Focus of Special Week

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"Violence is a Public Health problem ... and the public must be engaged to prevent it"

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Additional Resources

Safe Youths Organization Logo " National Youth Violence Prevention"

Don't Shake Organization

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The Alabama Coalition Against DomesticViolence Logo

Being a Friend Resource Guide