City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention

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Experts believe there are several contributing factors including stress and isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic and rac...
09/10/2020
'Encouragement to live:' Local leaders highlight support, resources after suicide spike in Milwaukee County

Experts believe there are several contributing factors including stress and isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice.

"We want to provide someone with that encouragement to live," Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Community Outreach Specialist Vaynesia Kendrick said.

Kendrick said it is important for people to have a support system and talk about how they are feeling.

"We definitely want to make sure that if someone is in need take what they’re saying seriously, we have to move away from the stigma around the subject, we have to talk about it," Kendrick said. "So our main thing is promoting the conversation and also spreading that encouragement, spreading that love and compassion within Milwaukee County, statewide and nationwide."

According to the CDC, there is a suicide death around the world every 40 seconds.

If you need someone to reach out to, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7. It is free and confidential: 1-800-273-8255.

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Milwaukee City leaders are coming together on World Suicide Prevention Day to help save lives.According to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, there was a 300 perce

Join us next Saturday for the Bridging the Gap event! - A celebration of survival from domestic violence.
09/10/2020

Join us next Saturday for the Bridging the Gap event! - A celebration of survival from domestic violence.

09/10/2020

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“The resource fair was put on by the City of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention and Kenosha County Division of He...
09/06/2020
Resource fair held in Kenosha's uptown neighborhood

“The resource fair was put on by the City of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention and Kenosha County Division of Health.

Mental health support and other resources were also available through Amri Counseling with services in Milwaukee and Kenosha.

“We needed to be able to get out here and let people know there are many agencies with resources and how to access them,” said Jennifer Freiheit, a Kenosha County Health Officer.” -TMJ 4

On nights of unrest, many people told TMJ4 News that they saw police and National Guard resources. However, they wanted to make sure other resources were available for people who need it.

'Mass Shootings Are Soaring, With Black Neighborhoods Hit Hardest--2020 is on pace to have the most mass shootings since...
09/03/2020
Mass Shootings Are Soaring, With Black Neighborhoods Hardest Hit

'Mass Shootings Are Soaring, With Black Neighborhoods Hit Hardest--2020 is on pace to have the most mass shootings since the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive started tracking them. In their wake, anti-violence activists say the lack of public outpouring feels familiar: “Nobody cares about us.”

A 2015 analysis of census data determined that Syracuse had the highest rate of extreme poverty among Black and Latinx people out of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. The statistic was quoted often by activists and community residents interviewed for this story, who held it up as evidence of a problem they’ve recognized since they were young — a problem of scarcity that they say drives gun violence.

They pointed to a lack of jobs and afterschool programs, homelessness, an underfunded school district, and a debilitating segregation enforced by Interstate 81, which slices the city in half along its north-south axis, as parts of a system rigged against their communities." - The Trace

2020 is on pace to have the most mass shootings shootings since the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive started tracking them. In their wake, anti-violence activists say the lack of public outpouring feels familiar: “Nobody cares about us.”

“Under her leadership, Milwaukee declared racism a public health crisis in 2019 and the city and county were among the f...
09/03/2020
Milwaukee's health commissioner resigns during coronavirus pandemic to take new job; says she was 'limited'

“Under her leadership, Milwaukee declared racism a public health crisis in 2019 and the city and county were among the first in the nation to publicly report data on the race and ethnicity of COVID-19 patients and those who died from the virus.

In a statement, Barrett thanked Kowalik for her dedication and leadership to the city, especially during the pandemic, and said she left the department in a "solid position."

As health commissioner, Kowalik led the city and county response to the coronavirus pandemic.

But many of the steps she and other local authorities took to try to contain the virus were overturned at the state level as the pandemic turned into a partisan conflict over stay-at-home orders and mask mandates.

Reggie Moore, director of the department's Office of Violence Prevention, praised Kowalik as a "vocal champion for violence prevention and racial equity."

"Although her departure is a loss for our city, it challenges us to examine our commitment to public health and the leadership and resources required for us to effectively serve our community," he said. - JSOnline

Jeanette Kowalik said the limitations were evident in the city's coronavirus response, including access to testing and issuing health orders.

After a 4 year decline in non-fatal shootings and homicides, 2020 has been a tragic year for our city and others around ...
09/01/2020
In-depth look at increase in homicides across the U.S.

After a 4 year decline in non-fatal shootings and homicides, 2020 has been a tragic year for our city and others around the country. We need increased resources for violence prevention, intervention, and trauma recovery now more than ever.

Cities across the nation are battling a sharp rise in homicides or murder this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nationwide, 69 cities have seen murders increase by 20 percent or more.

08/31/2020

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08/31/2020

Police accountability and Violence Prevention Special Session Press Conference

“In the first video, taken Sunday afternoon, a Kenosha police officer fires seven shots at point blank range from behind...
08/29/2020
Juxtaposition of two videos from Kenosha: A Black man gets shot seven times from behind; a white teen with a gun walks past police

“In the first video, taken Sunday afternoon, a Kenosha police officer fires seven shots at point blank range from behind 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man, as Blake attempts to enter a gray SUV.

Police have said Blake had a knife though it cannot be seen in the video. Blake remained at Froedtert Hospital as of Friday, paralyzed from the waist down, according to a lawyer for his family.

In the second video, taken Tuesday night, Kyle Rittenhouse, a white 17-year-old, approaches officers shouldering an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle after shooting three people. Rittenhouse raises his arms in a gesture that appears to be surrendering, or possibly signaling that his hands are not on his weapon. Witnesses shout: "Hey, he just shot them! Hey, dude right here just shot them!"

Four armored vehicles, lights flashing, pass Rittenhouse, and several police cruisers can be seen nearby. No one stops Rittenhouse. He was charged Thursday with intentional and reckless homicide.

The differences between the two videos have prompted a fierce national debate over race and justice.” - JSOnline

The differences between the two shooting videos from Kenosha, taken within three days of each other, have prompted a fierce debate on social media over race and justice.

08/26/2020
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“An Illinois man suspected of killing two people and wounding a third during a third night of protests in Kenosha has be...
08/26/2020
Illinois teen charged with homicide in killings of two people during Kenosha protests

“An Illinois man suspected of killing two people and wounding a third during a third night of protests in Kenosha has been arrested and is now jailed in Lake County, Illinois.

Court records show Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged there as a fugitive from justice. That document, reviewed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, said he faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge in Kenosha County.

The warrant referenced in Lake County records is not yet listed in Wisconsin online court records. Law enforcement officials have called a news conference for 1 p.m. today in Kenosha to discuss the overnight incident.” - JSOnline

Police reported the arrest of the person accused of shooting to death two Kenosha protesters and the wounding of another.

“According to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the shooting of Jacob Blake is shocking, and, based on what’s visible in the ...
08/25/2020
Prominent figures react to the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, including Joe Biden

“According to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the shooting of Jacob Blake is shocking, and, based on what’s visible in the video, appears to lack any possible justification.

“Tragically, Mr. Blake’s shooting is not unique. Law enforcement in every community must examine both the use of force and disparate treatment of people of color. There must be change.

“The Department of Justice must investigate this incident promptly and thoroughly."

“Reggie Moore, director of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention, said Monday that there is cumulative trauma in repeatedly seeing violence against Black lives. And while people may be able to turn off the video, he said, they should not turn off their compassion or their resolve for change.

He said the state must reckon with the inaction by Wisconsin's Legislature on gun violence and police accountability and reform efforts called for by Gov. Tony Evers and members of the community.”

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley stated that the deep inequities affecting Wisconsin’s Black residents “are the result of systemic racism, the policies and practices that entangle our institutions and produce racially disparate outcomes, regardless of the intentions of the people who work within them.” - JSOnline

Take a look at the reaction, on Twitter and elsewhere, by prominent figures following to shooting of Jacob Blake in Kensoha early Sunday evening.

“If current trends continue, Milwaukee County in 2020 will record its highest number of overdose deaths, homicides and f...
08/21/2020
Countywide projections for homicides, suicides, overdoses and fatal crashes for 2020 are grim

“If current trends continue, Milwaukee County in 2020 will record its highest number of overdose deaths, homicides and fatal vehicle crashes since at least 2010, all to go along with hundreds lost from the coronavirus pandemic and a higher-than-normal number of suicides.

The frightening numbers were released Friday by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. If trends continue, the office will perform more than 2,000 autopsies in 2020, twice as many as it did in 2010.

Officials in Milwaukee and across the nation have been sounding the alarm for months about how the coronavirus pandemic, and the economic downturn and social isolation that’s come with it, is creating safety issues by inflaming peoples’ stress and trauma, especially in communities already struggling with a history of violence and poverty.

Reggie Moore, the director of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention, said it’s essential not to look at each category in isolation and stressed their inter-relatedness.

“We’ve been struggling with other pandemics in our society that are only being exacerbated by COVID.” - JSOnline

If trends continue, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office will perform more than 2,000 autopsies in 2020, twice as many as it did in 2010.

“As we talk about the resources allocated to MPD in the future, it will be important for the new chief to be open to wor...
08/21/2020
OPINION: 5 qualities Milwaukee needs from its next police chief

“As we talk about the resources allocated to MPD in the future, it will be important for the new chief to be open to working with partners in the community to facilitate meaningful change.

The chief must be open to building strong collaborations with the Office of Violence Prevention, mental health advocates, housing and services providers and a multitude of community-based organizations (including Safe & Sound) to implement new models of public safety in Milwaukee.

The current model of having MPD work either on an island or on the surface level with organizations has not achieved meaningful change within our communities, and it is important that we bring a new, collective impact mindset to our city’s efforts around policing and public safety.” - Joe'Mar Hooper

There are many qualities that I hope to see in our next chief, but first and foremost, that chief needs to bring a community-minded perspective to his/her work in Milwaukee.

“Among the 11 cities compared, Milwaukee had the largest percentage of its general fund — tied with Fresno, California, ...
08/21/2020
Milwaukee spends 46% of its general fund on police. How does that compare to other cities?

“Among the 11 cities compared, Milwaukee had the largest percentage of its general fund — tied with Fresno, California, at 46% — going to police. Seven cities spent at or below one-third of their budgets on police and two cities spent less than 20%.

Members of the local organization Liberate MKE say that’s too much money and have called for a $75 million divestment from the police department. Of that, $50 million would go to the health department for more mental health resources and investment in violence interruption programs, including the city’s Office of Violence Prevention. The remaining $25 million would be used to develop housing cooperatives and land trusts, and help organizations already renovating vacant and foreclosed homes.

Indeed, the difference between per capita spending from the general fund on police vs. health is staggering — Milwaukee spends $504 per person on police vs. $25 per person on health, which is the lowest of the five comparable cities for which there was FiSC data. While Milwaukee spent more than 20 times on police than on health, Baltimore, by contrast, spent just three times as much.” - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee spends far more from its general fund on police than many other cities. But the city also has fewer pots of money to use for policing.

No Contact Drive Thru / Walk Up Job Fair TODAY til 4pm —> all sectors, all levels of experience!Drive or walk thru and c...
08/20/2020
Drive-Thru Job Fair Sign-In Form

No Contact Drive Thru / Walk Up Job Fair TODAY til 4pm —> all sectors, all levels of experience!

Drive or walk thru and collect a bag full of supportive service resources and hiring opportunities.

Job Fair Locations:
NORTHSIDE LOCATION 1 Bethesda Baptist Church Parking Lot
909 N. 20th Street, Milwaukee *Enter parking lot from N. 20th Street

NORTHSIDE LOCATION 2 Ephesians Missionary
Baptist Church
2412 N. 6th Street, Milwaukee *Enter parking lot from N. 5th Street

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Basilica of St. Josaphat Parking Lot
2333 S. 6th Street, Milwaukee *Enter parking lot from S. 6th Street

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“Every day of the Democratic National Convention, community leaders and politicians from around the country are coming t...
08/20/2020
'This has been a horrific year': Gun violence takes center stage day 3 of DNC at virtual roundtable

“Every day of the Democratic National Convention, community leaders and politicians from around the country are coming together for virtual policy roundtables on different topics. On Wednesday, gun violence was the focus of one of those talks.

The panel included Milwaukee’s own Reggie Moore of the Office of Violence Prevention.

“Gun violence is not something that we should ever accept or be comfortable with, gun violence is preventable and we should be doing everything possible to address it,” Moore said.

Those on the panel agreed that the way to solve the problem is by coming together and addressing gun violence as a public health issue.” - TMJ 4

Every day of the Democratic National Convention, community leaders and politicians from around the country are coming together for virtual policy roundtables on different topics. On Wednesday, gun violence was the focus of one of those talks.

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Violence – both interpersonal and structural – poses a serious threat to the health, safety, and well-being of Milwaukee residents. The injury, pain, and trauma that results from violence can severely impact the physical and mental well-being and sense of worth of individuals and communities.

Employing a public health approach, the Blueprint focuses on prevention of violence before it occurs, as well as intervention efforts after violence has occurred to reduce its impact and prevent future perpetration and victimization.

Milwaukee Blueprint for Peace: https://city.milwaukee.gov/414Life/Blueprint

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