Violence Prevention Approach

The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) uses a community-focused, public health approach to prevent violence and keep communities safe. As we work to prevent violence and provide safe communities for everyone, there are several beliefs that are at the core of our work. These beliefs guide how we approach this work.

Core Beliefs in Our Work

Addressing Violence Prevention at Three Levels

We work to address violence and promote safe and healthy communities along a continuum at three levels:

Up Front

Addressing the roots of violence and laying groundwork before violence has happened to keep it from happening. Strategies at this level often involve infusing activities into the fabric of society. These strategies are often community-based and directed toward everyone.

In the Thick

Early intervention, often at the first sign of risk or in response to an immediate threat of violence. Strategies here often focus on people more at risk of involvement with violence.


Protecting those who have been hurt from being hurt again, restoring those who have gone down the wrong path, and healing communities. These strategies are usually highly focused on a small group of people.

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Last updated Jul 2, 2020



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