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Veteran's Day

Help for Veterans, 2022

On September 29, 2022, Los Angeles County publicly launched its first ever Veteran Suicide Review Team (VSRT). The VSRT is co-chaired by the Departments of Mental Health, Public Health – Office of Violence Prevention, Department of the Medical Examiner/Coroner, and the Veterans Administration, along with a multidisciplinary team of representatives from the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, City of Los Angeles, Didi Hirsch and other county, state, and federal entities.

The VSRT will evaluate the circumstances leading to and surrounding the suicide deaths of veterans who died in Los Angeles County in order to develop and enhance system-level intervention and prevention measures to prevent suicide among veterans.

The Board of Supervisors approved a motion in May of this year that created the VSRT. At the team’s first meeting, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, said: “We have a golden opportunity to use all the resources and expertise we have at county, state, and federal levels to put the pieces of this puzzle together to course correct and prevent the loss of lives to suicide.”

Suicide is a public health crisis that affects every Los Angeles County resident, especially the veteran community. Los Angeles has one of the highest number of veterans of any county in the country. Reducing suicide rates is possible and based on data throughout the country, death by suicide can be reduced.

According to information provided by the Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention, of the 323 suicides identified in the County between January and May 2022, 31 were veterans, all of them male. Nearly 75% of that total were men under the age of 55.

“Every man and woman who served our country that ends up taking their life by suicide was not reached in time,” said Jim Zenner, Director of LA County’s Department of Military and Veteran Affairs and an army veteran, at the kickoff meeting. “We missed an opportunity to connect with them. We must do more to bring them in, to help them feel like they are a part of the community.”

From November 7th – 13th, LA County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (MVA) joins the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO) in their efforts to spearhead Operation Green Light for Veterans. As part of Operation Green Light, county buildings and landmarks across the county will be illuminated green to show support for our nation’s veterans.

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Domestic Violence Month

Saluting Nicole Rojas in honor of National Native American Heritage Month

Nicole Rojas, born and raised in East Los Angeles, participated in the landmark book "Violence, Hope, and Healing in Los Angeles County." In fact, her story is the first listed in the bound edition.

At the September 30 book launch, Nicole, whose indigenous ancestry is Yaqui, not only appeared on the panel, she performed "Women Warrior Song" by First Nation People in Canada. As Nicole explained, the song is a remembrance of the missing and murdered indigenous people of that country. 

"I need to be the voice so they will not be forgotten."

Domestic Violence Month

This October marks the 35th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

While much progress has been made in that time to support domestic violence victims and survivors, more work needs to be done. According to 2020 data from the National Network to End Domestic Violence, on a typical day, local domestic violence hotlines around the country receive 19,159 calls, or 13 per minute. In 2018, 65% of all murder-suicides in the United States involved an intimate partner; 96% of the victims of these crimes were female. In California, 39.9% of women and 31.1% of men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.

The LA County Domestic Violence Council (DVC) is a leader in the effort to address issues impacting survivors of domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV). The DVC also advises the Board of Supervisors and other County Departments on DV/IPV related issues. On October 18, from noon to 2 p.m., the DVC, in conjunction with the LA City Domestic Violence Alliance, is holding a virtual celebration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The organization will be honoring this year's recipients of DVC awards. For more information, go to: Domestic Violence Awareness Month Awards. (Registration in advance is required to attend this event)

Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide is a significant public health issue and is the fourth leading cause of death in Los Angeles County.

The Office of Violence Prevention and the entire Department of Public Health remain committed to preventing suicide and self-harm in our communities. This includes prioritizing opportunities to learn about suicide, understand the warning signs and risk factors, and engage in opportunities for advocacy and support.

This suicide prevention month:

Join us in attending the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Network’s 12th annual Suicide Prevention Summit, themed “Healing Pathways for Support and Connection. Click here to register.

Explore CalMHSA’s Annual Suicide Prevention Activation Kit, which includes downloadable activities resources for community members, parents, teachers, local governments, and more. (English| Spanish)

Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for a suicide prevention and loss remembrance Community Walk near you.

We all have an important role to play in preventing suicide and self-harm in our communities. Let’s work to end suicide and self-harm together!

OVP is hiring

Leading with Excellence: 34th Annual Productivity and Quality Awards

The Trauma Prevention Initiative (TPI) receives the Commission Special Award Winner for Outstanding Teamwork Award - TPI: Putting the Public Back in Public Safety. Read all about the TPI Initiative here.

OVP is hiring

Public Health Week Celebrates Trauma Prevention Initiative Expansion, April 6, 2022

On April 6, 2022, Public Health hosted a community event highlighting the countywide expansion of the Trauma Prevention Initiative (TPI), at Mona Park in Willowbrook. Each April, Public Health convenes a series of events, along with public health departments across the country, during Public Health Week. This event was a celebration of community partners where TPI began in South LA, the importance of meaningful partnerships with community leaders, and the need for sustained investment in Peer approaches to promote peace and reduce retaliatory violence.

For a summary of the TPI expansion and the event, click here.

Listen to LA County's Department of Public Health's Podcast Episode 7 "Reducing Violence In LA County" featuring interviews with Dr. Ferrer & Norma Garcia, Sup. Mitchell, Andrea Welsing, and Kevin Orange:

Listen Now on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

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