Pioneering a Statewide Movement to Prevent Youth and Gang Violence
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 14 cities strong this member based non-profit organization provides training and technical assistance to communities across the country and internationally in developing balanced violence prevention plans, reducing gun violence, spurring youth engagement, and strengthening police/community relationships.
CCVPN’s Mission: the creation of a movement based on the belief that comprehensive approaches to the issue of youth violence — the focused galvanizing of entire jurisdictions — will be the standard practice in California.
Influencing a National Movement
In 2010 following briefings for the then-Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice launched the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, which was modeled directly on CCVPN, and which now exists in 15 cities across America.
The Network’s Primary Goals
- Fostering the development and implementation of comprehensive city-wide violence prevention action plans that blend prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry,
- Educating State and federal policy makers about how comprehensive prevention plans can help reduce violent crime at the local, state and federal level; and
- Serving as California's resource for the development and implementation of comprehensive city-wide plans, with the twin objectives of reducing violence and helping build healthy communities that don't produce violence.