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Office of Violence Prevention 1000 South Fremont Ave.
Bldg. A-9, East 5th Floor
Alhambra, CA 91803

Phone: 626.293.2610

  Office of Violence Prevention

Countywide Office of Violence Prevention

On February 19, 2019, the LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion to officially establish and fund the Office of Violence Prevention within the Department of Public Health (DPH). The charge of this office is to improve coordination and support existing efforts across the county to prevent multiple forms of violence, through a renewed focus on prevention, and to ensure that strategies are responsive to community, and trauma informed. One of the first tasks of the office is to develop an Early Implementation Strategic Plan to identify initial priorities for OVP implementation that best utilizes existing resources and fosters healing through innovation, coordination, communication, and policy change.

OVP Strategic Plan

View Strategic Plan DraftPDF Icon

The OVP Strategic Plan will guide the infrastructure and initial priorities of OVP and will include:

Child Abuse • Youth Violence/Bullying • Teen Dating Violence • Human Trafficking • Intimate Partner Violence • Sexual Violence • Gang Violence • Systemic Violence • Hate Violence • Gun Violence • Suicidal Behavior • Elder Abuse

Universal Supports

  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Job Opportunities
  • Trauma Informed Services
  • Universal Domestic Violence Education
  • Restorative Justice

Family Supports

  • Home Visitation
  • Doula Services
  • Trauma Informed Parenting
  • Access to High Quality Early Care and Education

High Need Services

  • No Wrong Door: Access to Healthcare, Mental Health, & Substance Use Treatment
  • Youth Justice/Youth Diversion
  • Reentry Resources/Hubs

Crisis Response

  • Street Intervention & Safe Passages
  • Hospital Based Violence Intervention
  • Psychiatric Mobile Response Team (PMRTs)
  • Family Assistance Program

Local Infrastructure

  • Equitable Built Environment
  • Integrated Arts & Culture
  • Economic Investment

Community Hubs

  • Parks After Dark/SNL
  • Libraries
  • School Wellbeing Centers
  • Healing Centers
  • Behavior Health Centers

Norm Change

  • Trust Building/Dialogue
  • Common Messaging
  • Acknowledge Harms & Advance Equity
  • Implicit Bias Training
  • Positive Gender Norms
  • Equitable Law Enforcement

Firearm Safety

  • Legislation
  • Safe Firearm Storage
  • Emergency Protective Orders(GVRO/DVRO)
  • Microstamping and other technologies

Integration and Alignment

  • Community Partnership Council
  • County Leadership Committee
  • Regional Coalitions
  • Philanthropy & Business
  • Policymakers & Academia

Capacity Building

  • Trauma Informed Systems
  • Equitable Contracting & Technical Assistance
  • Support Youth Leadership
  • Survivor Centered & Inclusive

Data Sharing & Evaluation

  • Publicly Accessible and Culturally Relevant Data
  • Evaluation of Violence Prevention Efforts
  • Culturally Informed Research

Communicating & Messaging

  • Promoting Resources
  • Learning Collaborative
  • Transparency
  • Narrative Shift

We are grateful for the tremendous show of support from stakeholders across the county and from multiple county department in helping to establish the Office of Violence Prevention. We look forward to ongoing conversations to ensure that a wide range of voices and perspectives is incorporated to inform the strategic plan and the work ahead.

More details about work done to date can be found in the sections below and OVP overview viewed here. If you have questions or comments about OVP or would like to be included in an upcoming listserv, contact us at or call 626.293.2610

  Board Correspondence

  Launching OVP

OVP Launch Event: April 5, 2019

DPH, in a partnership with Supervisorial District 2, and many community and county partners, hosted a public launch event of OVP during Public Health Week. For more information, visit: LA County Highlights Violence Prevention

Eradicating Community Violence: Stopping violence before it starts from Los Angeles County Newsroom

  Governance Structure

OVP will provide multiple opportunities for a variety of stakeholders to be involved in strategic planning and implementation. The Governance Structure chart can be viewed here.PDF Icon

  • A County Leadership Committee was established in January 2019 to facilitate coordination across departments and to guide OVP efforts as well as identify systems change opportunities.

  • DPH surveyed county departments to understand their current violence prevention efforts and to identify opportunities to align efforts.

  • A Community Partnership Council was established in October 2019 to provide infrastructure for community partners across the county and with expertise in multiple forms of violence to facilitate communication between their broader stakeholder networks and OVP and guide strategic planning and implementation. Council members serve a two-year term.

Mission: The charge of the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) County Leadership Committee is to communicate, manage, advise and serve as a formal stakeholder in the early implementation phase of OVP, and guide the development, implementation, and monitoring of the strategic plan and its vision to improve the safety and wellbeing of Los Angeles County individuals, families and communities.

  • Alternate Public Defender

    Ericka Anzaotegui
  • Center for Strategic Partnerships

    Elizabeth Cohen
  • Children & Family Services

    Bobby Cagle
    Jennifer Hottenroth
  • Consumer & Business Affairs

    Joseph Nicchitta
    Maritza Gutierrez
    Rafael Carbajal
  • Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee

    Mark Delgado
  • Fire Department

    Daryl Osby
    Venise Russ

  • Human Relations Commission

    Robin Toma
    Robert Sowell

  • Integrated Health Agency

    Fred Leaf
    Arianna Uribe
  • Medical-Examiner Coroner

    Dr. Jonathan Lucas
    Paul Parker
  • Military & Veterans Affair

    Ruth Wong
  • Parks & Recreation

    Norma E. Garcia
    John Wicker
    Faith Parducho
    Carmen Garrido
    Dora Nunez
  • Public Defender

    Ricardo D. Garcia
    Winston Peters
  • Public Library

    Skye-Ephifanie Patrick
    Deborah Anderson
    Kelly Hubert
  • Public Works

    Mark Pestrella
  • Sheriff's Department

    Alex Villanueva
    Chief Charles Stringham
    Chief James Hellmold
  • Arts & Culture

    Kristin Sakoda
    Denise Grande
  • Chief Executive Office

    Sachi Hamai
    Abbe Land
    Nicole Bryant
  • Community Development Commission/Housing Authority

    Monique King-Viehland
    Betsy Lindsay
  • County Counsel

    Mary Wickham
  • District Attorney

    Jackie Lacey
    Ron Geltz
    Joanne Baeza
  • Human Resources

    Lisa Garrett
    Lauren Franklin
  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

    Peter Lynn
  • Mental Health

    Jonathan E. Sherin
    Mimi McKay
    Debbie Innes-Gomberg
  • Office of Education

    Debra Duardo
    Jewel Forbes
    Arturo Valdes
  • Probation

    Terri McDonald
    Bobby Entzminger
  • Public Health

    Dr. Barbara Ferrer
    Deborah Allen
    Andrea Welsing
    Kelly Fischer
  • Public Social Services

    Antonia Jimenez
    Gabriela Herrera
    Araceli Dominguez
    Jackie Mizell-Burt
  • Regional Planning

    Amy Bodek
    Bruce Durbin
  • Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services

    Cynthia Banks

Mission: The Mission of the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) Community Partnership Council is to serve as a liaison between community stakeholders and OVP to elevate local priorities and enhance collaboration; and to guide the development and monitoring of the strategic plan and its vision to improve the safety and wellbeing of Los Angeles County individuals, families and communities.

  • Akuyoe Graham

    Spirit Awakening Foundation
  • Barbara Kappos

    East Los Angeles Women’s Center
  • Cathy Friedman

    LA County Prevention & Population Health Task Force
  • Diego H. Rodriguez

    Alma Family Services Inc.
  • Em Jackson

    Free From
  • Gilberto Salinas Jr.

    Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center
  • Jackie L. Morris

    Individual Member
  • Lucy Herrera

    Legacy LA
  • Rabeya Sen

    Esperanza Community Housing Corp.
  • Sandri Kramer

    Individual Member
  • Skipp Townsend

    2nd Call
  • Father Stan Bosch

    Soledad Enrichment Action,
    St. Raphael’s Church
  • Stephany Powell

    Journey Out
  • Alexis Claiborne

    Valley Oasis
  • Bridget Cervelli

    Individual Member
  • Damon Clark

    LAC+USC Medical Center
  • Elisa Jimenez

    California Mental Health Connection
  • Gilbert Johnson

    Community Coalition
  • Herman Corteza

    Pacific Clinics
  • Javier Stauring

    Healing Dialogue &s; Action
  • Margot Bennett

    Women Against Gun Violence
  • Rochelle Dicker

    UCLA School of Medicine
  • Sara Joy Wilshinsky

    St. John's Well Child & Family Center
  • Sonya Young Aadam

    California Black Women's Health Project
  • Tiffany Duvernay

    The Center for Nonviolent Education & Parenting

  OVP Updates

DHR/OVP Workplace Violence Prevention Training Workgroup

In October 2019, the Department of Human Resources (DHR), in partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH) Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), developed an interdepartmental workgroup in response to July 2019 shooting events in Lancaster, CA; Gilroy, CA; El Paso, TX; and Dayton, OH. The purpose of the Training Workgroup is to create a comprehensive set of training materials and tools that could equip all County staff with the means necessary to:

  • 1. Actively prevent violence in the workplace;
  • 2. Mitigate the consequences of violence if it occurs including clarification of roles and responsibilities
  • 3. Recover and heal after a violent event.

The Workgroup serves as a high-level advisory committee and meets monthly. As a prelude to project efforts, the Workgroup organized a presentation from San Bernardino County in December 2019 to learn about the shooting event in December 2015 that forever changed their Environmental Health Workforce. Twenty-six (26) County Departments participated in a tabletop exercise following the presentation to gather input from the participants on existing and needed resources to support violence prevention in the workplace.

Solutions to Violence Storytelling Project

  Strategic Planning Progress and Reports

First5LA provided matching funds to DPH to support OVP strategic planning and has contracted with Chapin Hall to do this work. First5LA has also shared information and expertise from the Center for Collective Wisdom to incorporate a trauma informed systems approach into OVP.

  Stakeholder Engagement

  • March 13, 2019: California Wellness Foundation partnered with DPH to host a convening, Building a Movement for Violence Prevention in LA County,PDF Icon bringing together violence prevention and intervention experts across multiple forms of violence.

  • March 18, 2019: Prevention Institute presented their analysis of Stakeholder Perspectives and RecommendationsPDF Icon regarding OVP to community partners at Belvedere Park.

  • DPH conducted more than 25 stakeholder interviews with organizations dedicated to violence prevention across the county and continues to talk with partners to inform ongoing work of OVP.

  • DPH surveyed county departments to understand their current violence prevention efforts and to identify opportunities to align efforts.

  Data: Impact of Violence & Co-Occurring Factors

DPH is compiling and analyzing a variety of data sources to better understand the impact of multiple forms of violence in LA County and co-occurring facts that contribute to violence. These analyses will help prioritize the work of OVP and determine how best to build infrastructure for data sharing and evaluation.


Gun Violence Day Press Release

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) recognizes Gun Violence Awareness DayPDF Icon by reminding everyone that gun violence is preventable, and the epidemic of gun violence is one of the most significant public health issues of current times.

In a motion authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed June 2, 2019 as Gun Violence Awareness Day joining other jurisdictions in support of research into the causes and solutions to gun violence including policy change at the federal level.

“Violence in all forms is unacceptable but gun violence in particular is an issue of grave concern given its lethality and the daily toll we see in the lives of victims and their family and friends, and in society overall,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MED, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. "Efforts are needed at all levels to address the scourge of gun violence and to create communities where everyone feels safe and can thrive."

For more information and to participate in Gun Violence Awareness Day Activities, visit:

Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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