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The Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), housed within the Department of Public Health, works to strengthen coordination, capacity and partnerships to address the root causes of violence, and to advance policies and practices that are grounded in race equity, to prevent all forms of violence and to promote healing across all communities in Los Angeles County. OVP monitors the trends and circumstances of violent deaths affecting Los Angeles County to inform decision makers and program planners about ways to prevent and intervene on violence in the community, at home and in the workplace.
Click here to view and download an OVP overview document.
News & Highlights
OVP Statement on the Mass Shooting in Monterey Park
On Sunday morning, we awoke to the all too familiar news of yet another mass shooting in America.
This time, the event occurred in Monterey Park, home to Los Angeles County residents and employees. The alleged gunman then traveled to Alhambra, intending to harm more people. Only the intervention of two extraordinarily brave individuals - who took the gun away - prevented a second tragedy.
Our hearts and thoughts are with the families and communities impacted by this horrific event.
There are still many questions surrounding this mass shooting; the 36th in America in 2023. We don’t know the killer’s motive or motives, how he obtained the weapons, and whether he gave off warning signs that he might be capable of committing such a senseless act.
What we do know is that a peaceful, joyous Lunar New Year celebration at a local dance hall was turned into a scene of death and chaos in a matter of seconds. Most of the deceased and wounded are in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Their grieving families – whose lives will never be the same - are left to wonder why.
Last summer, the Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), housed within the Department of Public Health, worked with a diverse group of county and community partners to develop a 41-point Gun Violence Prevention Platform, which offers a range of critical strategies designed to reduce the scourge of gun violence that threatens communities across Los Angeles County. In the next several weeks and months you will be hearing more about the Platform and its groundbreaking work.
Only through sustained, collective action to reduce gun violence and gun culture can we create a better society, where all of us, from infants to older adults, can live in peace and security.
Incidents of gun violence and loss can affect both children and adults. Attached and following are a list of resources in case you, a loved one or a family member are experiencing distress.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 ACCESS Center at (800) 854-7771 to receive crisis counseling, assessment, and referrals.
Disaster Distress Hotline this helpline, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides immediate counseling for people affected by any disaster or tragedy. Call (800) 985-5990 to connect with a trained professional.
National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline offer 24-hour confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call 988 to connect with a trained counselor at a crisis center in your area. Support is available in English and Spanish via a live chat.
Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource for Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Call (800) 273-8255 then press “1”; or text 838255, or chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net to connect with 24/7 support. For TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.
Crisis Text Line offers free and confidential support 24/7 throughout the United States. Text “HOME” to 741-741.
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, bringing the attention of policymakers, service providers, and the public to a largely hidden problem. In the U.S., human trafficking is defined as a crime where one person exploits another for labor, services, or commercial sex, using force, fraud, or coercion. Any commercial sex act including a person under the age of 18 is also considered human trafficking.
The International Labor Organization estimates that in 2021, nearly 28 million people in the world experienced forced labor, or what we call human trafficking. That figure includes over six million people forced into sexual exploitation, 17 million forced into other forms of labor exploitation, and nearly four million people forced into state-imposed labor (such as abusive, compulsory prison labor). About 12% of trafficking cases involve children. These numbers have all increased in recent years, secondary to the COVID-19 pandemic, global armed conflict, and displacement due to climate change. In high income countries like the U.S., over 4 in 1,000 people experience human trafficking.
Labor and sex trafficking happen more often than most people realize, in big cities, rural towns and suburbs throughout the US and here in LA County. Most cases remain invisible. People of all races, ages and genders are trafficked, though people who are vulnerable because of poverty, unstable immigration status, homelessness, and discrimination against them face higher risk.
For immediate assistance related to human trafficking, please call the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking hotline (CAST) at 1-888-539-2373 (https://www.castla.org/) or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to 233733.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Victim Assistance website https://da.lacounty.gov/victims/ht-guide has a guide to human trafficking, including a variety of resources and contact information.
This January marks National Stalking Awareness Month. In his federal proclamation noting the event, President Biden called stalking “an insidious crime”. According to the Stalking Prevention, Awareness and Resource Center (SPARC), 57% of intimate partner stalking victims are stalked during the relationship, while 81% of women stalked by a current or former husband or cohabitating partner were also physically assaulted by that partner. The SPARC also reports that “Stalking increases the risk of intimate partner homicide by three times”.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has put together an informative pamphlet in English and Spanish that covers the definition of stalking, what to do if you’re being stalked, victim services, and where to find help.
If you or someone you know is in need of domestic violence services or support. please call the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-978-3600 or visit Domestic Violence Council (lacounty.gov).
LA City, Los Angeles County Sign Violence Prevention MOU MOU Enhances Cooperation in Several Critical Categories
Building on a long-established record of working together to reduce violence, LA City and the County of Los Angeles through its Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that enhances inter-governmental collaboration and cooperation in several critical areas, including initiatives to reduce gun violence, gang intervention services, joint training to strengthen and increase capacity for staff and agencies doing prevention and intervention work, and support for community based events. View the MOU here.
The MOU, which is in effect now through 2025, was signed by Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.
“During the pandemic we saw significant increases in community violence, including homicides, shootings, and aggravated assaults across the LA Region. This MOU will formalize and focus the ongoing communication and collaboration between LA City and LA County, which is critical for supporting community based prevention, intervention and healing strategies that have greater impact and effectiveness.” Andrea Welsing, Director of the Office of Violence Prevention, Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention
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Andrea Welsing, Director of the Office of Violence Prevention, Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention; Reginald Zachery, Director, Gang Reduction and Youth Development, City of Los Angeles; Anne C. Tremblay, Deputy Chief, Problem Property and Public Protection Division, City of Los Angeles.
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Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.
Youth Suicide and Suicide Attempts in Los Angeles County
The Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention has released a new report, “Youth Suicide and Suicide Attempts in Los Angeles County,” which highlights suicide and suicide attempt data among Los Angeles County youth ages 10-24 between 2016 and 2020. The report includes general demographics, methods most frequently used, and suicide trends during the five-year period. The report also briefly overviews reported suicides and attempts during 2020, with the acknowledgment that there is still much more to understand about this unprecedented time. The report concludes with links to prevention resources that reduce stigma and normalize mental health as an integral component of health and wellbeing.
This past summer, OVP launched the Gun Violence Prevention Platform. The 41-point plan, unprecedented in scope, outlines evidence-based and innovative prevention, intervention, and healing strategies to prevent gun violence. For more information on the Platform, its structure and strategies, please visit: Gun Violence Prevention Platform
2022 Gun Violence Prevention Summit
On Friday, December 9, 2022, the Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention, in collaboration with L.A. Care Health Plan, brought together multiple sectors and subject matter experts for a Gun Violence Prevention Summit, to elevate gun violence as a significant public health crisis. The event was held at L.A. Care headquarters in downtown Los Angeles and brought together over 60 leaders in the fields of health care, mental health, public health, and academia, plus advocates, survivors, and leaders from faith-based and community-based organizations.
During the first hour, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and John Baackes, L.A. Care CEO, moderated a conversation with Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Dean of the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University, and Dr. Susan Stone, L.A. Care Emergency Room Physician, and Senior Medical Director. Dr. Prothrow-Stith and Dr. Stone discussed the need for collaboration, system solutions and more research, as well as how agencies and fields can work together to stem the epidemic of gun violence that affects so many communities in the County.
The remainder of the four-hour summit consisted of two breakout sessions in which participants considered these and other questions:
“In what ways has gun violence impacted the people you work with in your area?”
“What work has your organization implemented in the past?”
“How can we improve system coordination and move beyond silos?”
“What are gun violence ideas/solutions that your sector can be involved in to help address this issue?”
The theme of the Summit was best outlined by Dr. Ferrer, in her opening remarks:
“It’s not inevitable that we live with escalating gun violence. We can collectively raise solutions and move to action. Living through the pandemic, we’ve seen the best of how our community comes together to take care of each other.”
Violence, Hope, and Healing in Los Angeles County
In the fall of 2020, the Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) embarked on a groundbreaking project to record the stories of people across the County whose lives have been impacted by violence. The Storytelling Project resulted in the publication this fall of the landmark book, "Violence, Hope and Healing in Los Angeles County." In addition to the 31 stories contained in the book, there will be additional stories shared on the website.
On November 16, 2022, the Storytelling Project Team that included members from the Department of Arts and Culture, OVP and Creative Strategist Olga Koumoundouros received the Collaboration Award during the Department of Public Health's Giving Thanks Employee Appreciation Event at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. The award, which recognizes "Outstanding Commitment to Los Angeles County Residents," was presented by Dr. Deborah Allen, Deputy Director, Health Promotion Bureau, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
TPI Receives 2022 Model Practice Award – National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO)
In August 2022, TPI was honored to be recognized as a “Model Practice” at the NACCHO Annual Conference in Atlanta, highlighting our partnership with community leaders and county departments to build community driven public safety in the county. Click here for a video that was created for the award, and for information about other model practices that were recognized.
OVP is hiring
The LA County Office of Violence Prevention is hiring five temporary staff to coordinate implementation of the Trauma Prevention Partnerships project, funded through the American Rescue Plan. These positions are for approximately 18 months. We are looking for staff who are passionate about helping communities, organized, and ideally, have experience with violence prevention and trauma and healing informed practice. Please share with your networks.
OVP has developed a new data resource that provides SPA-level data on a wide variety of measures. The data package includes information on demographics, incidents of violence, COVID-19, and a variety of other health outcomes that impact both children and adults. The package also includes a series of maps to provide a visual representation of a variety of topics including the distribution of violent injuries and community resources. Additionally, the package includes external links and resources related to health equity and coalition-building.
OVP supports the County’s LA vs. Hate Initiative led by the Human Relations Commission in collaboration with community partners.
LA vs Hate is a community-centered creative campaign to encourage and support all residents of Los Angeles County to unite against, report, and resist hate.
If you are the victim, or witness of, a hate incident or hate crime you can report the incident/crime with 211 LA. Your report is confidential and 211 is not affiliated with law enforcement.
The OVP Strategic Plan is a live document and we welcome your ongoing feedback, specifically as it pertains to our priorities, goals, objectives and strategies. Please provide your input by sending an email to email@example.com or email Andrea Welsing, OVP Director, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you will provide your thoughts, comments and recommendations for the Strategic Plan and that you will continue to be part of our violence prevention and healing efforts as we work together to advance strategies to prevent violence and promote healing.
DPH Director's Message on Racism
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Barbara Ferrer,
acknowledges that addressing law enforcement violence and racism are core to public health.
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