City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention

City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Our core mission is to promote and preserve life.

“Our nation faces an epidemic of child sexual abuse, with the Internet making it too easy for predators to communicate w...
03/07/2020
Man who walked from from Indiana to Wisconsin to engage in sexual activity with 14-year-old pleads guilty

“Our nation faces an epidemic of child sexual abuse, with the Internet making it too easy for predators to communicate with children across the country,” said United States Attorney Krueger. “The Justice Department is committed to working with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to prosecute child sexual abuse aggressively.” - TMJ 4

A 32-year-old man who walked from an Indianapolis suburb to Wisconsin to engage in sexual activity with a 14-year-old has entered a guilty plea to a charge of attempted child enticement.

"What we saw was that almost all the incidents then were expressions — so, someone seeing a swastika, or something onlin...
03/06/2020
Anti-Semitic incidents rose last year as perpetrators felt emboldened to attack, Milwaukee Jewish leaders say

"What we saw was that almost all the incidents then were expressions — so, someone seeing a swastika, or something online that repeats some sort of anti-Semitic trope," Kahn said.

In 2019, things were different. The council, in its annual audit, noted a rise in middle school bullying of Jewish students, among other trends.

Comments documented in the audit include, “If I was part of Hitler’s army, I would shoot and kill her,” and, “You should go die in a gas chamber.”

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/2020/03/04/milwaukee-jewish-community-anti-semitism-statistics-rise-2019/4911345002/

The number of reported anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin has climbed in recent years, unsettling many members of Milwaukee's Jewish community.

"Root causes of violence are numerous and complex. As Milwaukee seeks solutions to the problem, Marquette must also do i...
03/04/2020
DYSART: MU needs to stand with MKE community against violence

"Root causes of violence are numerous and complex. As Milwaukee seeks solutions to the problem, Marquette must also do its part to foster peace in the city and stand in solidarity against violence with the entire Milwaukee community. Staying informed about local issues like violence and reckless driving paired with mindfulness of the disparities that Milwaukee’s racist historical foundations have inflicted upon communities of color are going to be essential elements if Marquette wants to burst its bubble and foster a cohesive community response to the tragedies weighing down our city.

Keep up with local news. Pay attention to the names and faces of victims of violence in Milwaukee. Learn their stories. We cannot let people become nameless victims. We cannot allow tragedies to be unspoken.

Milwaukee is stronger than the forces trying to tear it down. The root causes of violence in Milwaukee need to be seriously addressed on legal, economic and social levels. Initiatives from the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention, outreach programs, legislation and partnerships working against gun violence must be pursued. In order to move forward, Milwaukee residents need to unite in solidarity with victims and their families and remain aware of the violence plaguing our city." - Annie Dysart, Assistant Opinions Editor, The Marquette Wire

Milwaukee is hurting. Throughout the month of February, the city was overwhelmed by violence, fear and loss. It is getting out of hand. It cannot be ignored.

03/02/2020
WISN 12 NEWS

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#MilwaukeeStrong: The community is coming together to mourn and remember the five men who were shot to death Wednesday at Miller brewery.

“The new partnership grew out of the efforts by the various groups to respond to the trauma experienced by residents in ...
03/01/2020
Molson Coors shootings an unfortunate test of new coordinated 'trauma response team'

“The new partnership grew out of the efforts by the various groups to respond to the trauma experienced by residents in Milwaukee neighborhoods where gun violence is far too common. "What historically would happen is that the chaplains, 414LIFE, activists, the Office of Violence Prevention, would all show up to different scenes," said Reggie Moore. "We brought groups together to see if we could improve our response."

"Unfortunately, this mass shooting was an informal test of what we've been talking about," Moore said. "This was a very powerful test of our efforts to improve the coordination of our community crisis response." - Journal Sentinel

A team of crisis-response counselors converged at the brewery to serve traumatized workers and family members.

The Office of Violence Prevention joined 414 LIFE, the Salvation Army Chaplaincy Program, the Red Cross and crisis couns...
03/01/2020

The Office of Violence Prevention joined 414 LIFE, the Salvation Army Chaplaincy Program, the Red Cross and crisis counselors to conduct outreach in the Arlington Gardens neighborhood. We look forward to continuing to work together with other community organizations and individuals to conduct similar outreach in neighborhoods after incidents of violence and trauma in our community.

The Office of Violence Prevention joined 414 LIFE, the Salvation Army Chaplaincy Program, the Red Cross and crisis counselors to conduct outreach in the Arlington Gardens neighborhood. We look forward to continuing to work together with other community organizations and individuals to conduct similar outreach in neighborhoods after incidents of violence and trauma in our community.

"Our family feels terrible sadness and heartache over the tragic incident at Molson Coors and devastating loss to the Mi...
02/28/2020
'We are shocked and dismayed': Family of Molson Coors shooter expresses sympathy

"Our family feels terrible sadness and heartache over the tragic incident at Molson Coors and devastating loss to the Milwaukee community. We are shocked and dismayed to learn of the apparent involvement and death of our family member," according to the statement, released by attorney Craig Mastantuono of the Milwaukee firm Mastantuono & Coffee.” - Journal Sentinel

"Our family feels terrible sadness and heartache over the tragic incident at Molson Coors and devastating loss to the Milwaukee community."

“Since 2006, 90 people have died in the 13 mass workplace shootings, according to the USA TODAY, AP and Northeastern dat...
02/28/2020
Workplace mass shootings are rare. Milwaukee rampage was the first of 2020.

“Since 2006, 90 people have died in the 13 mass workplace shootings, according to the USA TODAY, AP and Northeastern database.

That's 5% of the 1,800 victims of the 331 mass shootings since 2006. About 40,000 Americans die from firearm-related injuries each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It's horrific when it happens," Fox said. "But what we do know about mass shootings is that fear is out of proportion with actual risk." - USA Today

Since 2006, there have been 13 mass workplace shootings by a current or former employee, according to a database of mass killings.

Community activist: 'I'm tired, I'm weary'
02/28/2020
Community activist: 'I'm tired, I'm weary'

Community activist: 'I'm tired, I'm weary'

The Miller brewery shooting felt too familiar for Pardeep Kaleka. Eight years ago a white supremacist shot and killed six worshippers, including Kaleka's father, at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

“A 2015 HuffPost analysis looked at incidents over a five year period in which at least four people were killed with a g...
02/28/2020
Understanding Mass Shootings in America

“A 2015 HuffPost analysis looked at incidents over a five year period in which at least four people were killed with a gun, including shootings in domestic settings (a criteria which the FBI’s definition excludes). A majority of the shootings involved a family member or intimate partner — women and children comprised 64 percent of victims.

A University of Alabama researcher found that a uniquely American cultural and mental strain leads mass shooters to target workplaces and schools — as opposed to the military installations often targeted by international mass shooters — because these institutions represent the social systems that the gunmen believe mistreated them.” - The Trace

Everything you need to know about the deadly American phenomenon.

“As of Feb. 25, Milwaukee has had 20 homicides, seven more than the same time last year. Officials today believe efforts...
02/26/2020
Milwaukee leaders make case for more state help for violence prevention

“As of Feb. 25, Milwaukee has had 20 homicides, seven more than the same time last year. Officials today believe efforts to bring that number down should be rooted in prevention.” - CBS 58

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) – Milwaukee leaders believe the city has made positive strides in violence prevention, but that they need more state-level help in order to continue progress.“We are so fo

“With 2020 off to a violent start in Milwaukee, with 20 homicides, 12 of them involving women or children, city leaders ...
02/26/2020
‘It has to end:’ Leaders brainstorm in Madison after 12 homicides involving women, kids in Milwaukee

“With 2020 off to a violent start in Milwaukee, with 20 homicides, 12 of them involving women or children, city leaders took their message to Madison Tuesday, Feb. 25. That 20 is seven more homicides than at this point in 2019 -- less than two full months into the year.

Reggie Moore, director of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention noted domestic violence was a root cause in many of these cases. Moore spoke at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison to Capitol staff, laying out Milwaukee's Blueprint for Peace and the need for state resources to support local solutions.” - Fox 6

MADISON -- With 2020 off to a violent start in Milwaukee, with 20 homicides, 12 of them involving women or children, city leaders took their message to Madison Tuesday, Feb. 25. That 20 is seven more homicides than at this point in 2019 -- less than two full months into the year. Reggie Moore, direc...

February is Teen Dating Awareness Month! A simple act can change a feeling, someone’s day, someone’s life. What #1Thing ...
02/24/2020

February is Teen Dating Awareness Month!

A simple act can change a feeling, someone’s day, someone’s life. What #1Thing will you do to make a difference?
#TeenDatingViolenceAwarenessMonth
#TDVAM

https://www.loveisrespect.org/

Impact of Weinstein Trial Verdict: 5 Critical Points
02/24/2020
Impact of Weinstein Trial Verdict: 5 Critical Points

Impact of Weinstein Trial Verdict: 5 Critical Points

Following the announcement of a split verdict and conviction on 2 of 5 counts in the criminal trial of Harvey Weinstein, here are 5 critical points to keep in mind.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Know the facts. #domore
02/23/2020

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Know the facts. #domore

Learn more #DVFacts on teen dating violence with NCADV's "Quick Guide: Teen Dating Violence" http://ow.ly/PmOH50ydBiu

02/23/2020

“One hundred people die from the coronavirus and the world freaks out. One hundred people are killed by guns each day in America and it’s business as usual.” - Gregory Gibson, whose son, Galen, died in a 1992 school shooting

“Since 2014, every police department in the county has used a lethality assessment. The 11 questions range from an abuse...
02/22/2020
After high-profile homicides, Milwaukee leaders pledge renewed focus on domestic violence

“Since 2014, every police department in the county has used a lethality assessment. The 11 questions range from an abuser's prior use of weapons and access to guns, to past instances of choking or strangulation, stalking and threats to a victim's life. If a person screens in as high risk, the officer explains: "People in your situation who have this score are more likely to be murdered." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Last year, Milwaukee saw a decline in homicides with 97 victims, but nearly 20% — one in five — had a link to domestic violence.

Safe & Sound names new executive director
02/21/2020
Safe & Sound names new executive director

Safe & Sound names new executive director

Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization Safe & Sound Inc. has named Joe’Mar Hooper as its next executive director.

“While solutions differ, on Thursday night, Feb. 20, everyone inside the Wisconsin Black Historical Society agreed somet...
02/21/2020
‘Our responsibility:’ Community panel stresses importance of preventive action against domestic violence

“While solutions differ, on Thursday night, Feb. 20, everyone inside the Wisconsin Black Historical Society agreed something must be done. The script was flipped. The focus was not just on the victims of domestic violence, but the person doing the violence.

"We always want to address it from a punitive aspect versus how to we focus more on prevention. What are some of the things that have led abusers to respond in the way that they have," said Jamaal Smith with Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention.” -Fox 6

MILWAUKEE -- The suspect accused of killing a woman and her two daughters is back in Milwaukee. The three were reported missing and found dead in a garage near 47th and Burleigh over the weekend. Arzel Ivery will be spending Thursday night in jail here in Milwaukee. He was just brought back to the s...

Tonight.
02/20/2020

Tonight.

The Asha Project and the Office of Violence  Prevention will be hosting an emergency community forum on Domestic Violenc...
02/19/2020

The Asha Project and the Office of Violence Prevention will be hosting an emergency community forum on Domestic Violence to discuss current and needed resources to prevent and respond to this growing crisis in our city. The forum is open to the public and is intended to create a safe space for dialogue and resource connection for those seeking support.

The city of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention connects domestic violence survivors with community resources, but...
02/18/2020
'State of emergency:' City leaders, experts say domestic violence needs the community's attention

The city of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention connects domestic violence survivors with community resources, but Director Reggie Moore is working to de-stigmatize helping those who are behind the abuse.

"How do we make sure that perpetrators who want to get services, support, counseling, anger management, etc. are able to access those resources without stigma or fear because we shouldn't wait until the criminal justice system has to get involved or somebody's injured or killed," Moore said. - Today’s TMJ4

The tragic murder of a mother and her two daughters over the weekend has city leaders sounding the alarm on a major issue in our community: domestic violence.

Please join the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
02/17/2020

Please join the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

“The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office was called to the scene Sunday and said autopsies were scheduled for Mon...
02/17/2020
Mother and two daughters from Amber Alert found dead in apparent homicide

“The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office was called to the scene Sunday and said autopsies were scheduled for Monday.

Banks and her two daughters were last seen about 1 a.m. Feb. 8 near North Sherman Boulevard and West Green Tree Road. Earlier that day, the family had a funeral for Banks' 1-year-old son who died from respiratory problems.

The next day, Banks was reported missing by her family to the Milwaukee Police Department.

Reggie Moore, director of the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention, offered condolences to Banks' family.

"We must get to a point where even the thought of violating a woman or child in our city would be intolerable and getting away with it impossible," Moore said in a statement. "I pray that we have finally reached that point." - Journal Sentinel

Amarah J. Banks, 26; Zaniya R. Ivery, 5; and Camaria Banks, 4, were found in a garage in the 4700 block of West Burleigh Street.

After spending several hours at the scene on 47th and Burleigh supporting grieving family and community members, we want...
02/16/2020
Domestic Violence

After spending several hours at the scene on 47th and Burleigh supporting grieving family and community members, we want to first offer our love and support to everyone that knew and loved Amarah and her baby girls.

Our plea is for each and every person reading these words to take the issue of domestic violence in our community to heart. It is tragic to lose any member of our community to violence—especially an entire family. Domestic violence is an issue that impacts our entire city and many people know a neighbor, relative, co-worker or friend struggling with someone who is in an abusive or controlling relationship. Stalking, harassment, physical and emotional violence are all forms of abuse. This behavior should not be tolerated or ignored. Domestic violence is EVERYBODY’S business and must matter to our entire community. There are thousands of families suffering in silence that need our concern and support now. Please inform yourself and share the following resources with people you know. If you need immediate support please call Milwaukee’s Domestic Violence Hotline at: 414-933-2722

General information on domestic violence, bystander intervention, and local resources to help.

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