Violence Prevention Plan Update March 2017

Planning for Results

Advancing a comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan for Milwaukee

LAunch of Comprhensive Violence Prevention Planning Effort

Since the launch of the planning process on November 1, 2016 there has been significant progress made in the development of the plan.

The goal of the planning process is to develop an action plan to reduce incidence of interpersonal and structural violence through the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of strategies that promote community safety and resilience. The planning process will result in a vision for violence prevention and community safety for Milwaukee, an action plan that draws on community assets and best practices, and increased readiness for collaborative action by multiple sectors. The process is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin, with partial funding from the Tides Foundation, and ReCAST Milwaukee.

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. - Alan Lakein


Launch Meeting

Violence prevention planning process launched with 150 community partners at Discovery World on November 1, 2016

In addition to meeting the Prevention Institute team, the participants identified the leading risk and resilience factors related to violence in Milwaukee. Additional input continues to be sought from youth and other stakeholders through community conversations, roundtable discussions and surveys.

Input is currently being sought regarding specific strategies to advance the goals of the plan. Click below to provide input.

Steering Committee Meeting 1

The first Steering Committee meeting was held at Bader Philanthropies in November 2016. This meeting focused on drafting the vision and principles of the plan and reviewing community feedback related to the risk and resilience factors.

Youth ForuM

Youth have been engaged in the planning effort from the very beginning. In addition to our first youth fourm at Running Rebels over 700 youth in schools, detention facilities, group homes, and youth serving agencies have completed surveys offering their perspectives on violence prevention in Milwaukee. Additional opportunities for youth input will continue to be offered throughout the process.

Youth Forum Regarding Violence Prevention. Facilitated by the Prevention Institute
Steering Committee Meeting 2

The second Steering Committee meeting was held at the Sojourner Family Peace Center in January 2017. This meeting focused on refining the principles of the plan, affirming the goals of the plan and aligning across other plans/initiatives including MBK, Beyond the Bell, Public Safety Plan, Milwaukee Succeeds, Promise Zones, Milwaukee United and others.

Steering Committee meeting 3

This meeting was held at UWM Zilber School of Public Health and focused on revising the vision of the plan and its focus on violence prevention in general with specific priorities for youth and geographic neighborhoods with high concentrations of structural and interpersonal violence.

The Steering Committee also hosted a presentation by Arnold Chandler from Forward Change based in Oakland California. Arnold shared a Lifecourse Framework for advancing outcomes for violence prevention.

As a part of the planning process the Office of Violence Prevention has conducted site visits with relevant violence prevention programs around the country. Steering Committee members and community partners will also participate in site visits in the coming months.

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Safe MKe Forum


On January 12, 2017, over 100 people representing diverse sectors, including business, faith, government, public health, and grassroots programs participated in the Safe MKE forum. The event was sponsored by the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Precious Lives, the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.

Keynote speaker Dr. Howard Pinderhughes from Prevention Institute discussed a public health approach to violence prevention that considers the impact of community trauma, and the importance of focusing on strategies to address the underlying contributors to violence.

The event featured two panels that explored national strategies and opportunities to align local efforts in Milwaukee. National panelists included Marcus McAllister from Cure Violence, Freddy Barton from Safe & Sound Hillsborough and Amoretta Morris from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Local panelists included Hector Colon from Milwaukee County Health & Human Services, Dr. Michael Levas from Project Ujima and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Carmen Pitre from Sojourner Family Peace Center, and Donsia Strong Hill from LISC.

Marcus McAllister, Cure Violence and Amoretta Morris, Annie E Casey Foundation

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On Track. On Purpose.

The planning process is on track for initial completion and public release in June 2017. The completion of the plan will only be the beginning of the work that we will commit to as a community to make Milwaukee a city where youth, families, and neighborhoods are strong, safe, and resilient.

Upcoming events

March 14, 2017 Sherman Park Community Conversation/Asset Mapping Work Session @ Ascension/St. Joseph Hospital Klieger Auditorium 5000 W. Chambers Street Room M101 from 5:00pm- 7:00pm

March 18, 2017 Preserving the Future Anti Violence Summit @ Mercy Memorial Church 2477 N. 36th Street from 10:00am-3:00pm

April 5, 2017 Sherman Park Community Conversation/Asset Mapping Work Session @ Ascension/St. Joseph Hospital Klieger Auditorium 5000 W. Chambers Street Room M101 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

April 11, 2017 MKE Elevate Action Team Meeting. 3:30pm-6:00pm. location TBD

April 24, 2017 Violence Prevention Steering Committee Meeting

April 26, 2017 Denim Day to increase awareness about the impact of sexual violence in Milwaukee

June 24, 2017 Milwaukee Community Brainstorming Session on Violence Prevention @ St Matthew Church 2944 N. 9th Street from 8:30am-11:30am

June 29, 2017 Violence Prevention update @ City Hall Room 301B 9:00am-12:00pm

September 24-27, 2017 National Healing Justice Alliance Conference, Milwaukee, WI (Save the Date)

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Photos used for the Safe MKE event were taken by: Milwaukee Independent ( News Clip by CBS 58

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