Our story

The Office of Violence Prevention was created in 2018. Our roots go back much further.
Violence touches us all and affects our health
Violence touches us all and affects our health

How we came to be

The City first identified violence as a public health issue in 2006. Initially, we focused on youth violence. Today we focus on violence affecting people of all ages.

Here are some key moments in our story.


  • City leaders identified youth violence as a public health issue. 
  • We convened experts to create a strategic plan called The Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence.


  • Minneapolis joined nine other cities as part of the Obama administration's National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.
  • We released a revised Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence. 

See the Blueprint for Action


  • We launched our first programs to expand beyond youth violence: Next Step and Group Violence Intervention


  • City leaders amended the Code of Ordinances to create the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP).
  • We established the Violence Prevention Fund to fund community-driven strategies.

Find the amendment in our Legislative Information Management System (LIMS)


  • We launched the MinneapolUS Strategic Outreach Initiative.
  • Minneapolis was one of 16 cities invited to join President Biden’s Community Violence Intervention Collaborative 


We're part of a broader picture

Our work is critical to reducing violence and keeping our community safe. But we can't prevent violence alone.

We rely on others to join us in this work, including:

  • Other City departments
  • Other public jurisdictions
  • Community organizations 
  • Individuals

We partner with more than 70 community-based partners each year

See a list of our 2021 partners in the Budget Report


Somali people at community meeting


Contact us


Neighborhood Safety







350 S. 5th St, Room 115
Minneapolis, MN 55415