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Office of Violence Prevention

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Mission 

The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) collaborates to significantly reduce gun and gang violence within the city of Stockton, utilizing data-driven strategies and community partnerships.

Vision

OVP strives to empower the community of Stockton to thrive in a safe and healthy environment, through hope, healing, and opportunity.

Building Client Capacity Through Community Connections

  • Employment placement
  • Housing Assistance
  • Family Counseling
  • Social Services
  • Mental Health Education
  • Clothing Assistance
  • Mentoring
  • Life Coaches

Peacekeepers

Collaborating with other community based, faith-based, and Stockton agencies is a critical aspect of addressing gang and gun violence. By working together, we can combine resources and expertise to effectively address the root causes of these issues and implement solutions that benefit the entire community. 

Peacekeepers are trained in conflict resolution, mediation, mentoring, case management, and trauma-informed practice which are necessary to effectively support these individuals while addressing their unique needs. 

Collaborating with high-risk individuals to provide alternative to gun and gang violence is a proactive approach that can help prevent violence before it occurs.
 
Responding quickly to incidents of gun violence and connecting families to victim services is also crucial for reducing the likelihood of retaliation and promoting healing in the community.

Our Home

OVP is deeply committed to building strong connections with individuals who are at the highest risk of being harmed by a gang or gun violence. By connecting with clients in their homes, schools, communities, and at the Office of Violence Prevention we can better understand the specific challenges they are facing and develop tailored solutions to address their unique needs. 


Connecting with high-risk individuals can prevent future violence by providing a supportive network and a sense of belonging. 

By fostering a sense of community and promoting positive relationships, individuals may be less likely to resort to violence as a means of protection or survival. 

Overall, OVP's efforts to address the root causes of gang involvement and gun violence in Stockton has made a positive impact on the lives of our clients and in our community. 

We believe all people can grow and change. 

If you or anyone you know is dealing with gun or gang violence, please contact us at (209) 937-8880 or email us at ovp@stocktonca.gov

Strategies & Programs
OVP History

Since 1998, Operation Peacekeeper has been instrumental in local initiatives aimed at diminishing gang and group-related homicides. In 2013, the program underwent a transformation and evolved into what is currently recognized as The Office of Violence Prevention. Under the leadership of Director Lora M. Larson, MSW, the initiative has developed into a comprehensive strategy. In its current form, the program not only provides life coaching but also offers resource support to its clients.

OVP Funding

The Office of Violence Prevention receives funding from both the General Fund and Measure A. The General Fund allocates $880,000, facilitating the employment of four Peacekeepers, one Supervisor, and one Data Analyst. Additionally, Measure A contributes $1.3 million, enabling the hiring of six more Peacekeepers, one Supervisor, one Admin Aide, one Director, and one Program Manager. Apart from staffing, OVP utilizes these resources to offer conflict resolution, mediation, mentoring, case management services, and emergency relocation. 

The primary focus of OVP is on individuals at the highest risk of becoming either perpetrators or victims of gun violence. Outreach Workers also proactively engage in communities affected by violent crimes, reaching out to friends and families of victims to prevent potential retaliatory actions.

Donations

To help support programs for at-risk, gang-oriented youth, please mail donations to:

City of Stockton
Attn: Office of Violence Prevention
425 N. El Dorado Street
Stockton, CA  95202

Tax I.D. is 94 6000 436

Intensive Case management
Come Back Kids

Come Back Kids (CBK) is a free, mostly online educational program that is offered through the SJCOE's County Operated Schools and Programs Division that can help anyone 18 years and older earn their high school diploma. CBK is an independent study program that allows individuals the opportunity to complete the necessary coursework to obtain a high school diploma through flexible, individualized schedules. This program will help adults who have wanted to advance in their jobs or education but have found that not having a high school diploma has held them back. CBK is offered through the SJCOE's one.Charter Academies.

Come Back Kids offers seven program locations in Lodi, Stockton, Lathrop and Tracy.


https://www.sjcoe.org/cbk/
(209) 313-2374

Community Resources
Friends Outside

Established in 1955 by Rosemary Goodenough, a Quaker and tireless advocate for social justice, incarcerated people, and their children and families, Friends Outside has nearly 70 years of experience working inside institutions and with families and children of incarcerated individuals. Our fundamental principles today are still firmly rooted in the Quaker philosophy from which they were born, dating back to the eighteenth century.

The height of the civil rights movement , an era when ideas and norms were challenged, grew awareness of large groups of society who were excluded and needed to be brought into the community. The small but passionate group, the original advocates and members of Friends Outside, drove the social justice cause over the next 50 years and produced programs and services that have made a significant impact on incarcerated people, their families, children, and communities.

https://www.friendsoutside.org/
Amelia Ann Adams Whole Life Center

Christina Peoples, Director at the Amelia Ann Adams Whole Life Center, refers to Amelia Ann Adams as a “farmer”. She sowed many seeds … some on rocky soil, some in fertilized soil and even concrete. She was intentional about the way she cared for the seeds by nurturing, watering and giving them the nutrients they needed to flourish.

Ms. Peoples had the privilege to be one of those seeds she nurtured. Four key takeaways that she learned from Rev. Adams are:

  • You are here for a purpose, walk in it.
  • Use your good anger, to bring about change.
  • True community engagement is in relationships.
  • Sometimes our pain is our purpose.

https://aaawlc.org/
San Joaquin County Office of Education
The San Joaquin County Office of Education is a regional agency that provides educational leadership, resources, and customized services to assist school districts. The SJCOE promotes student achievement and accountability, serves San Joaquin County’s most vulnerable students, and strives to create an environment in which every student, regardless of circumstances, has an opportunity for a quality education.

The SJCOE and its divisions fulfill state mandates to oversee district finances, register teacher credentials, certify school attendance records, and develop countywide programs to serve special student populations. The SJCOE also provides leadership, resources, and services to help school districts teach their students.

https://www.sjcoe.org/

Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin

Community Partnership For Families Of San Joaquin (Cpfsj) Is A 501(C)(3) Non-profit Organization That Provides Tools, Resources And Connections Through Partnerships To Help Families Improve Their Quality Of Life. Founded In 1998 In Stockton, California, Cpfsj Has Nearly 20 Years Of Experience Operating Family Resource Centers As A Platform To Build Strong, Resourceful And Financially Self-sufficient Families In San Joaquin County.

Concrete Development Inc.

Concrete Development was first known as the Stockton Concrete Team, and is composed of formerly incarcerated, inactive gang members who are system-impacted seeking to influence positive change within their communities. We began meeting on a weekly basis in 2017 as a Local Organizing Committee within Faith in the Valley, working on Restorative Justice Issues such as Gun Violence and Police Accountability.

https://concretedev.org/

Champion of H.O.P.E. Award
2024 Nominations
The City of Stockton Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) is now accepting nominations for the Champion of H.O.P.E. (Honoring Outstanding Prevention Efforts) Award. This award honors individuals and organizations that have made an exceptional impact on preventing community violence and promoting safety in their communities. 

There are three award categories: 

  • Youth Violence Prevention Award recognizes leadership and activism in preventing violence among young people in Stockton.
  • Community Violence Prevention Award honors individuals or organizations that have shown exceptional dedication to preventing violence in their local communities.
  • Professional Achievement Award distinguishes professionals who have significantly contributed to violence prevention in their respective fields.
The deadline for submission is 5:30 p.m., on Friday, May 24, 2024.

Award winners will be announced and recognized on June 12, 2024, during the Office of Violence Prevention Symposium.
Last Update : 05/20/2024, 4:10:30 PM