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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 of Charlotte is implementing 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 Youth Advocate Programs, the city and Mecklenburg County launched the Alternatives to Violence (ATV) program in the Beatties Ford Rd. area.
Learn more about the ATV program here.
The strategic 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 strategic planning process and all OVP-supported initiatives are driven by these guided principles:
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If you are a representative of a local community-based organization (CBO), nonprofit group, local government agency, health care provider or private sector partner 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 in our region.
NOTE: Representatives 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.)
General Office Email: OVP@MeckNC.gov
Tracie Campbell, Senior Health Manager, at 980-314-9117 or