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Violence is one of the most significant health problems in the United States not only because of death and injury, but also because of the harm, fear, and trauma caused to families and communities. It leads to a broad range of physical and mental health problems that disproportionately impact children, youth, and communities of color.
Approaching violence as a public health issue means identifying the root causes of this epidemic and using data, tools, and evidence-informed best practices to address those causes.
MISSION: To reduce violence in Mecklenburg County by collaborating with County, City, Partners, and Community to increase opportunity, and build healthier, more resilient communities.
VISION: All residents of Mecklenburg County will live, learn, work, and play in safe, healthy, thriving communities.
To develop safer communities, the city will implement the
SAFE Charlotte initiative which includes violence interruption, hospital-based violence intervention and $1 million in grants to local organizations. The initiative also includes pathways to employment and affordable housing. In partnership with Cure Violence Global, and a local host organization, the city and Mecklenburg County will launch Alternatives to Violence (ATV) in the Beatties Ford area.
The comprehensive planning process for reducing violence utilizes community input to assess existing programs, identify and fill gaps in services, and consolidate efforts to reduce violence over time. The comprehensive planning process and all OVP-supported initiatives are driven by these guided principles:
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Carolina Violence Prevention Collaborative - CBO Pledge FormIf you are a representative of a local community-based organization (CBO) and are interested in joining the Carolina Violence Prevention Collaborative as either a partner or a member,
please click this link to complete the web-based Pledge Form. Once you complete the Pledge Form, you will receive emails and other notifications from the MCPH Office of Violence Prevention regarding collaborative meetings and other events related to violence prevention and education.
NOTE: CBOs that join the collaborative as a member or partner do NOT have to be based or located in Mecklenburg County, but must be local to the Charlotte metro or piedmont region (e.g. Rock Hill, SC, Mooresville, Kannapolis, Monroe, etc.)
Perks of Membership and Partnership with the CVPC:
Tracie Campbell, Senior Health Manager, at 980-314-9117 or