Office of Violence Prevention

Coordinating public safety resources and community violence intervention programs to make St. Louis neighborhoods safer.


Founded in July 2022, the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) coordinates public safety resources and community violence intervention programs to make St. Louis neighborhoods safer. The new division, funded in part from the America Rescue Plan, is designed to improve public safety outcomes using data-driven community violence intervention strategies. Board Bill 65 authorized the creation of the Office of Violence Prevention.

OVP Events

These events are coming up soon. You can also View past meetings.

Community Events

These events are hosted by our community partners.

Priority Areas

Currently, the Office of Violence Prevention concentrates its efforts in the following areas:


The OVP's initiatives play a central role in the City's ongoing violence intervention work.

  • Cure Violence Initiative
    CURE Violence treats violence as an epidemic. The program aims to interrupt violence and prevent new instances of violence.
  • Crisis Response
    The objective of the crisis response system is the early diversion of individuals in crisis or seeking crisis support using a targeted outreach and co-response with public safety personnel.
  • Community Violence Intervention
    CVI programs focus on reducing homicides and shootings by establishing relationships with people at the center of gun violence in our communities.
  • Supportive Re-Entry
    The Division of Supportive Re-entry shall perform the principal functions of rehabilitation, case management, and pretrial screening.

Read more about OVP initiatives.


The Office of Violence Prevention works regularly with the organizations listed on these pages, and recommends using them to get the assistance you need.

Disability Help
Listings of organizations that can help people with disabilities in the St. Louis area

Domestic and Family Violence Help
Listings of organizations that can help with leaving domestic or family violence situations, finding housing, childcare, counseling, legal support, and safety plans for City of St. Louis residents.

Drop-In Centers
Drop-in centers in the City of St. Louis that provide daytime walk-in services to people struggling with mental illness, addiction, housing and other issues.

Employment Help
Resources on this page can assist City of St. Louis residents with job skills and finding employment.

Help for Veterans
Assistance for veterans in the St. Louis area who are struggling with housing, employment, finances, health and other issues.

Help for Youth
Listings of organizations that can help St. Louis City youth with housing, education, substance use, employment and other issues.

Housing Help
Resources for people in St. Louis who need assistance with temporary or transitional housing, or who need housing financial help.

Incarceration and Re-Entry Help
Resources to help those who are incarcerated or those who have recently been released from prison in the City of St. Louis, including bond assistance, housing, employment and medication help.

Legal Help
Resources for City of St. Louis residents in need of legal advice or low-cost representation.

Mental Health Help
If you are in the City of St. Louis and struggling with a mental health issue, these resources can help.

Substance Use and Opioid Use Help
If you or a loved one are struggling with substance use in the City of St. Louis, these resources can help.

Crisis Hotlines

Behavioral Health Response Youth Connection Helpline: 844-985-8282; or TEXT BHEARD to 31658

The Bullet Related Injury Clinic (The BRIC): Call or text 314-624-0398

Safe Connections Crisis Helpline: 314-531-2003

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988

Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-888-644-5886

LGBTQ Peer Support Helpline: 314-380-7774

The SPOT: 314-535-0413

Gun Violence Response Network

Have you been a victim or witness of gun violence and need help?

  1. Dial 211 from any phone
  2. Enter your zip code or Press 4
  3. Press 6 to speak to a navigator about gun violence
  4. The navigator will give you referrals and send your information to the Crime Victim Center for follow-up and more help.

Services Include:

  • Counseling
  • Help with MO Crime Victims' Compensation applications for financial help
  • Help connecting with police, courts, or corrections
  • Other resources

How You Can Help Cancel Gun Violence


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Contact Information


Phone: (314) 299-2203

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Please call in advance for appointments.

2125 Bissell Street , @ Urban League-WTC
St. Louis, Missouri 63107

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