Office of Youth Violence Prevention
March 18-24, 2013 will be designated Youth Violence Prevention Week in Baltimore and BCHD is working with public and private sector partners to sponsor events and workshops throughout the week for both adults and children. This year's theme is Commit 2 Peace . Each of us has a role to play in that commitment and to make our City safer for Baltimore’s children -- we encourage YOU to be part of this movement to eliminate youth violence in Baltimore. Become a fan of us on Facebook at BmoreYVP.
10/29/10. Watch HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tell gay teens that they are not alone, and that their lives will get better. This video is one of many that make up the "It Gets Better" Project, created to lend support to gay teens who are bullied.
To combat the epidemic of violence among Baltimore’s youth and support traditional public safety strategies using a combination of public health and human service models to reduce violence.
In 2002, despite reductions in violent crime due to police initiatives, Baltimore remained one of the most dangerous cities in the country. In acknowledging homicide, the leading cause of death for African-American males aged 15-35, as preventable, and therefore a public health issue, the Baltimore City Health Department established the Office of Youth Violence Prevention (OYVP) in late October 2002.
The Office of Youth Violence Prevention is dedicated to combating the epidemic of violence among our city’s young people through innovative public health programming and policy initiatives. The office houses two programs exclusively within BCHD: Operation Safe Kids and Safe Streets. Programs operated in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice are the Juvenile Arrest Diversion Program and Juvenile Non-Fatal Shooting and Safehouse Relocation Project. In addition, we work closely with community stakeholders, state and local agencies, and public health experts on both our own programs and on citywide anti-violence initiatives.