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Violence Prevention Programs

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Office of Violence Prevention
Office of Violence Prevention

PROGRAMS & SERVICES  

The Office of Violence Prevention provides strategic direction and oversight for City efforts to reduce the risk of violence through linked strategies in partnership with government agencies, community-based organizations, neighborhoods, community members, and faith organizations.​

Outreach Program 

Street Level Outreach (SLO) workers engage with youth/young adults between the ages of 8 to 18 years old who are at risk of becoming a victim or perpetrators of violence. The goal is to reduce their risks and limit their future involvement with the criminal justice system. SLO workers are contracted through culturally specific Community Based Organizations (CBOs). SLO workers also attends after-school sporting events/activities, evening scholars, and community events along with constantly monitoring designated hot spots around the city. As Violence Interrupters, they are present and responds to Hot Spot areas. Hots spots are a combination of specific areas, spaces, places, events, and people that have a history of violence and crime which increases the risk of potential conflicts occurring and resulting in injury. 

Street Level Outreach Contractors:  

Youth Referrals

For youth referrals please contact us directly at ovp@portlandoregon.gov

Hospital-Based Intervention Program 

Healing Hurt People PDX (HHP PDX) is a hospital-based intervention program that models the national best practices. HHP PDX Coordinator visits and provides resources and referrals to victims of intentional trauma (i.e., shootings and stabbings), particularly victims of color, shortly after they’ve been admitted to the hospital. Research shows that it is vital to connect with an individual within the first four hours after a shooting occurs. This is when victims are most willing to consider making real change.  

Community Based Contractor: 

Trauma and Violence Impacted Families Program (TVIF)

Trauma and Violence Impacted Families Program (TVIF) was created to provide support for youth/adults and families to break intergenerational ties that perpetuate violence within the community. Utilizing a public health approach, the program gives victimized individuals/families economic and mental health relief while recovering from gun violence incidents, extends ICM to services families, connects gun violence-impacted youth/adults and families with pro-social assistance.

Contractor:

  • Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC)

Portland City Council Gun Violence Reduction (GVR) Program 

Provided community-based organizations with funding to reduce gun violence in the City of Portland.  

Community Based Grant Recipients: 

  • African Refugee Immigrant Organization (ARIO)

  • HOLLA Mentors

  • 3v3ryday Grind

  • ConnectHer

  • Center of African Immigrant and Refugee Organization (CAIRO)

  • NW Alliance for Alternative Media and Education

  • POP Clothing

  • Latino Network

  • Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon