Violence Prevention

Violence Prevention for the Department of Public Safety is coordinated by the STOP the Violence Office. The STOP the Violence Office attempts to promote, assist and connect the anti-violence activities sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh with other governmental and private anti-violence activities and with citizens who want to eliminate violence. City sponsored activities include Group Violence Intervention (GVI), the Pittsburgh Police Community Engagement Unit, and Youth & Adult Diversion programs.

One of the principal tools of the Office is their monthly STOP the Violence newsletter highlighting the facts on violence in the City, featuring insights on City sponsored activities and community-based initiatives to prevent violence, and showing how YOU can get involved. To obtain the free newsletter, please sign up HERE. 

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Are you aware of a NON-EMERGENCY situation involving at least one City of Pittsburgh resident that has the potential to turn violent but doesn’t yet need police attention? This could include a dispute, feud, insult, social media post, party, game, fight being planned or even a rumor. It could involve school students or adults of any age, men or women.

Do you know someone who needs a bit of help to avoid getting involved in activities that could lead to violence and someone becoming a statistic? Help might include advice, family assistance, recovery, support from peers, or even a place to go.

If you do, please contact the City of Pittsburgh's STOP the Violence Office using email address: StopTheViolence@PittsburghPA.Gov. When you send the email, please leave a few details and the neighborhood you are writing from. You will receive an initial response within 2 business days.

The City of Pittsburgh STOP the Violence Office has access to many resources and partner organizations who would be pleased to help you or your friend. The STOP the Violence Office is part of the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety but is not the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.



Pittsburgh Plan for Peace 

On June 3, 2022, Mayor Gainey announced his Pittsburgh Plan for Peace.
The Plan contains six principles. You can find the plan HERE

STOP the Violence Community Investment Grants

The STOP the Violence 2022 grant application process is now open!


If you’re ready to join our efforts to reduce violence and increase peace in the City of Pittsburgh, you can find the complete RFP and specific instructions and deadlines for submitting your application to POISE HERE.

WHY IS THE CITY OFFERING THESE GRANTS? - The City of Pittsburgh seeks to eliminate community violence among all age groups. We want peace in our communities, and we understand that peace isn’t possible unless everyone pulls together to make it happen. These grants offer resources to community organizations willing to lead the way. Organizations that receive a 2022 grant award and demonstrate successful implementation of their project/program may apply for additional funding in 2023.

IS MY ORGANIZATION ELIGIBLE? - STOP the Violence Community Investment Fund grants will support organizations with programs that complement the City's existing Group Violence Intervention (GVI) violence prevention strategy. This means we plan to invest in organizations taking proactive steps with individuals who exhibit one or more risk factors for violent behavior, supporting those individuals to overcome the risk factors, avoid violence, and lead healthy and productive lives.

We wish to expand the effectiveness of GVI’s Support and Outreach, which works by authentically engaging with the community and achieves its positive impact on violence through a partnership of community members, law enforcement officials, and social service providers. The work focuses on a relatively small and active number of individuals involved in street-related violence and blends elements of two evidence-based frameworks: a focused deterrence prevention model and the "Cure Violence" model. Both models require extensive community collaboration to change community norms regarding violence. Successful applicants for the STOP the Violence Community Investment Fund grants will be comfortable working within this model. For additional information on the Group Violence Intervention strategy, click HERE.

Strong applicants should represent organizations located in city neighborhoods that currently experience high levels of violence; that work to prevent violence, and require additional resources to further that work.


Examples of potentially eligible projects include:

  • Academic, arts, or sports opportunities for high-risk individuals of any age
  • Family-strengthening activities and parent/guardian support
  • Mentoring for youth and/or adults
  • Development of support communities for traumatized individuals, re-entering citizens, and their families
  • Culturally-sensitive mental health counseling for high-risk individuals

Ineligible expenses and projects include:

  • Fundraising campaigns for an individual
  • Annual fundraising events
  • Lobbying/Advocacy

To apply, each organization MUST meet the following criteria:

  • A clear understanding of the dynamics of local community violence
  • Experience implementing community programs that impact high-risk community members
  • Established relationships and trust among the people most impacted by/currently involved in violence
  • A history of providing services to the target population of the proposed project within the organization's particular geographic area
  • History as a communicative and accountable community partner in successful collaborations
  • Operate their project within the City of Pittsburgh and/or serve individuals who live in the City of Pittsburgh
  • Preparedness to initiate the grant-funded project within 60 days of receiving funds
  • Recognized as a 501(c)3 or have a letter of intent or other documented support from a recognized 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor


FUNDING LEVELS - Applicants can apply for any amount from $15,000 to over $90,000. Most grant awards will fall between $15,000 and $90,000. However, the city may award a few grants that exceed $90,000. Any applicant desiring to request more than $90,000 must first request permission from the City of Pittsburgh STOP the Violence Office. To do so, please send an email with the subject line Request to Apply for Grant to The email should contain the following information:

  • Organization name
  • Names of the organization’s key representatives
  • A description of the proposed project
  • An overview of potential project outcomes
  • Anticipated project budget, and overall organization budget for 2022

The STOP the Violence Office will approve or deny your request to submit a full application within five business days.

2022 Grantees may expect to receive their award in early September based on the availability of funds. In addition to the grant award, grantees may also receive access to technical assistance and cohort collaboration, activities, and events.


REQUIRED PROGRAM ELEMENTS - While we hope to fund a wide variety of projects, each proposal MUST include one or more of the following program elements:

  • Engagement with community groups or faith communities to interact with more high-risk individuals in ways that will reduce the risk factors for violence
  • Engagement with communities to respond pro-actively after violent incidents to reduce trauma and discourage future violence
  • Serve one or more groups of high-risk individuals, which may include those reentering the community from incarceration, or those with other known risk factors, to facilitate successful futures and discourage violence
  • Encourage positive engagement with law enforcement officials to help them to intervene in violent situations
  • Encourage the pursuit of law enforcement careers among underrepresented groups in the City
  • Remediate traumas and normalize mental health care
  • Provide ongoing support to populations reentering the community from incarceration
  • Assist and model the value of personal purpose and goals to create new positive identities for high-risk individuals

QUESTIONS? Contact Sarah Byrne-Houser, Program Officer for External Partnerships at POISE: