Community Healing Through Action: Intersectional Approaches to Violence Prevention

This year’s California Violence Prevention Network annual conference is scheduled for October 10, 2019, in the beautiful city of Long Beach, CA.  Visit the Events page for details and registration.


Igniting a Movement

In 2007 the California Violence Prevention Network (CVPN) was formed.  CVPN was founded on the belief that nothing would change—crime would not be reduced, communities would remain frightened—unless essential city and county agencies and the non profit and profit sectors pledged to specific partnership actions and goals in the prevention, intervention, reentry and enforcement arenas.  Within two years, 15 cities had signed on.  In 2010, then U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder cloned CVPN as the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (NFYVP). Combined, NFYVP and CVPN touched the lives of people, young and old, in 35 cities across America.

The results were dramatic: in many cities, crime dropped; new and unusual partnership sprung  up, such as members of the faith community riding with police at night, former offenders assuming community peace-keeping roles, various parts of a community “adopting” a block, hospitals opening trauma centers in schools, “welcome home” strategies for returning offenders, and youth themselves joining in as active partners.  New funding sources, such as federal grants, city tax measures and state funding helped to support these new and promising efforts.

Review our Past to Build on the Present

After twelve years it is now critically important to view this work through a new lens, a healing lens. Were those involved in criminal or anti-social behavior actually healed?  Could crime-plagued communities point to increased use of public spaces, less fear in going to work or attending school; would adults come out of their houses at night to join peace marches; did youth long unemployed, get and retain jobs? What did it take to get agencies to share data? 

Of equal importance, were agencies long committed to fixed patterns of action willing to change how they did business?

Viewed through the lens of actual on-ground programs from selected cities throughout California, this conference, Community Healing Through Action: Intersectional Approaches to Violence Prevention, held on October 10 in Long Beach will take a novel approach: it will explore healing from the clients perspective and the “healing” or changes required of participating service agencies. 

In style the conference will be practical, candid, results oriented, and will cover the broadest range of prevention work highlighting interventions and their close and necessary interlinkages with the community, city and county.

Bring a team— those doing hands-on work and those affecting policy.

This is a rare conference you will not want to miss. We have kept the registration fee low—$75.00—to ensure maximum attendance. 

Revitalization of a Network

Established in 2007, the California Violence Prevention Network brought together 13 California cities to develop a framework for reducing youth and gang violence through comprehensive community-wide action plans.  Now as state-wide nonprofit organization, the Network continues to grow and establish itself as a leading provider of training and technical assistance to communities working to reduce youth and gang violence while building safe communities for everyone. The network has hosted three major conferences over the past 5 years focusing on developing comprehensive violence prevention plans, strengthening police and community relations, and most recently a Summit in San Jose highlighting state and national policies impacting local efforts and key topical areas including establishing regional violence prevention efforts, dealing with immigration policy, and new approaches to restorative justice and juvenile diversion.

It was at this summit that a major revitalization of California Cities Violence Prevention was rooted. Attendees at the summit included traditional violence prevention city teams from up and down the state, but the summit also drew a much broader audience including individuals, nonprofits, county agencies, and regional partners looking to improve their regional approach to violence prevention.

At the end of the day three things were clear; first there was a strong interest by attendees for more training opportunities in the future. What they took away from the summit was relevant to their current needs, but there was a clear desire to touch on other program and process topics. Second, non-network attendees saw value in being a part of an organization like the CCVPN but the current structure and name prevented them from membership. Thus was born the name change of the Network to the California Violence Prevention Network and the third take away from the summit, a new membership criteria to allow individuals, nonprofits, state, local and national organizations, educational institutions, and others to join the Network.

A Membership Committee is currently developing new membership criteria for approval by the Board of Directors. We hope to have the new guidelines in place by the next CVPN Conference scheduled for April 11 2019.

San Francisco Jail Library Program—A Mental Escape Hatch

The San Francisco Public Library recently began a weekly library program know as JARS, Jail and Re-entry Services. The program, which began in August, brings books into the city’s three jails adds to the meager collection of books available to inmates; most which they have read over and over.

A primary focus of the program is to provide reading materials to isolated inmates in administrative segregation and those in psychiatric or medical pods. Besides providing books, the JARS program offers assistance with job applications, resumes, training courses for commuters, digital devices, financial planning and career advancement.

Read more about this program in the October 5th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.


Free CCVPN Violence Prevention Summit October 11, 2018

New Trends in The Intersection Between Policy and Practice

Join the California Cities Violence Prevention Network at its FREE annual Violence Prevention Summit in San Jose, CA on Thursday, October 11, 2018. CCVPN cities will convene to learn about current trends impacting criminal justice and violence prevention policy and practice. Key presenters will share information about recent changes in state grant funding, law enforcement and community trends, public health approaches, and state and local justice reforms. We invite you to join the summit where you will have an opportunity to learn with your peers from across the state.

Attendees will also participate in three plenary sessions to learn and share information about key topical issues affecting violence prevention/community-building efforts. Topics include; The Impacts of Current Immigration on Violence Prevention, Taking local Violence Prevention Efforts to a Comprehensive Regional Approach, and Juvenile Diversion and Restorative Justice.

Learn More and Register Today

Event Program

Save the Date: 2019 LA Gang Conference

The dates for the 2019 LA Gang Prevention and Intervention Conference have been released!  Visit our EVENTS page to link to the Conference website.  You can sign up for their Newsletter so you can be notified when registration opens, hotel information is identified, and to learn about sessions once they are confirmed.

As we have in years past, the CCVPN will host a Network meeting for all our members and partners to share local efforts and key topics of interest.  Remember, registration fills up fast, so begin planning today by getting a commitment from your City or organization to attend.

If you are not a CCVPN member or partner and wish to attend our meeting at the event, please Contact Us so we can include you in future notices.

Last year's event was a success with record attendance.  We expect the 2019 conference to be even better!

BSCC Awards Anti-Violence Funds

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) announced yesterday the award of $9 million in violence prevention grants to California cities and community based organizations.  

We congratulate our CCVPN partners in the cities of Salinas, Oxnard, Gilroy and Santa Rosa on being 4 of the 7 cities receiving CalVIP funding!  The $9 million awarded through the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (Cal-VIP) is a continuation of a grant the BSCC awarded in the spring of 2018.  The Board decided to make the new CalVIP money available to applicants next in line on the ranked list the body approved in April.  This is good news to California communities!  These funds were in jeopardy during the 2017 budget process but were saved though strong advocacy by violence prevention organizations and cities that had relied on these funds to help reduce violence through community collaborations. 

In April 2017, BSCC made grant award to 10 California cities including CCVPN partners in Oakland, Richmond, Sacramento, San Bernardino, and Stockton.

The BSCC press release provides details of the programs funded along with information about two other BSCC grant opportunities coming soon.  A $37 million competitive grant aims to divert young people form the justice system, and a $50 million grant is intended to help adults released from prison transition to outside life and into housing.