About the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP):
The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) views gun violence as a public health problem, and the approach to the problem is based on a shared understanding that violence is a virus. The understanding that viruses can both be prevented and treated guides our treatment plan. By addressing the root causes and social determinants of violence, upstream programs can prevent violence from occurring. We address violence by engaging in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary lanes of prevention strategies and services.
The Primary Prevention Lane aims to prevent violence before it occurs. This lane focuses on upstream efforts that address root causes that contribute to long-term gun violence reductions. It consists of efforts to promote healthy development in the general population. An example would be a curriculum to teach all children social skills to resist negative peer influences and learn how to resolve conflicts peacefully.
The Secondary Prevention Lane focuses on treating immediate injury and harm resulting from violent incidents. Early Interventions or response to an immediate threat of violence/conflict (also called selective prevention) involve assistance for individuals who are at increased risk for violence. Mentoring programs and conflict-mediation assistance are examples of these services.
Tertiary Prevention Lane refers to a range of activities aimed at addressing the medium and long-term effects of violence and abuse which includes therapy and other rehabilitation efforts. Consists of intensive services for individuals who have engaged in some degree of aggressive behavior and benefits from efforts to prevent a recurrence or escalation of aggression.
Civil Rights Information
It is the policy of the City of Portland to eliminate discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. Such discrimination poses a threat to the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Portland and menaces the institutions and foundation of our community.
Children's Bill of RIghts
The Children's Bill of rights was adopted by the City of Portland in 2006.