Violence Prevention

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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.

For more information, please contact:

2023 STV Community Investment Grants

Click here for more information about STV Grants.

2023 Downtown Youth Activities Guide

Check out our Downtown Youth Activities Guide for currently available programs.

2023 Allegheny County Violence Prevention Summit

On June 22, 2023, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Neighborhood Resilience Project convened a summit to launch the latest component of their five-year, $50 million violence reduction initiative.   The Summit was attended by over 200 individuals representing government agencies and other organizations working to prevent violence in their communities.

The event agenda can be seen here:

DHS Summit Agenda

Information of each speaker can be found here:

DHS Summit Speakers

You can see the presentation slides below:

Homicide and Shooting Trends in Allegheny County by Nick Cotter, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Data Analyst

Pittsburgh Plan For Peace by Jay Gilmer, City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety, Stop the Violence Coordinator.

Allegheny County Community Violence Reduction Initiative by Tamara Nolin, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Violence Prevention Program Manager. 

Community Thriving: Resilience in Communities After Stress and Trauma by Dr. Mary Ohmer, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

Asset Mapping and Mental Health Linkage Survey by Dr. Daniel Salahuddin, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Training: Allegheny County Violence Dashboard Data Tracking Tools by Logan Bialik, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Data Analyst

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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 Newsletter Archive







2022 STOP the Violence Community Investment Grant Recipients

Community organizations receiving 2022 Stop The Violence Community Investment Grants are located in each police zone. They were selected from over 100 applicants and received a total of almost $1 million. Collectively, these groups constitute the City's first cohort of Violence Prevention Partners. Additional funds will be awarded in 2023.

2022 Grantees

Here are the 2022 recipients organized by police zone. If the recipient serves primarily one neighborhood, that is listed as well. For a description of each of the funded projects, please click HERE

Zone 1

  • Infinite Lifestyle Solutions
  • Iota Phi Foundation - Manchester
  • Northside Partnership Project
  • Basketball Dreamz
  • Project Destiny

Zone 2

  • Ozanam, Inc.

Zone 3

  • 25 Carrick Avenue Project - Carrick
  • A's Vision
  • Abiding Missions 
  • Shadow Student Athletes
  • South Pittsburgh Coalition for Peace
  • The Brashear Association
  • Voices Against Violence 

Zone 4

  • Center of Life - Hazelwood
  • POORLAW - Hazelwood

Zone 5

  • Bible Center Church/The Maker's Clubhouse - Homewood
  • Brothers & Sisters Emerging - Garfield
  • Community Empowerment Association - Homewood
  • East End Cooperative Ministry
  • Homewood Children's Village - Homewood
  • Melanin Mommies - East Hills
  • The Kingsley Association - Homewood
  • Westinghouse Youth Wrestling - Homewood
  • YMCA - Homewood
  • Za'kiyah House - Homewood

Zone 6

  • 5A Elite Youth Empowerment
  • Save A Life Today

Grantees Serving The Entire City

  • 1 Hood Media Academy
  • 1 Nation Mentoring
  • Aaron Donald 99 Solutions Foundation
  • Trade Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Western PA Youth Athletic Association to benefit these youth sports teams: Hazelwood Cobras, Hill District Rebels, Homewood Bulldawgs, Lawrenceville Seminoles, Lincoln Rams, Southside Bears, Westside Mustangs, East End Raiders, Northside Steelers and Pittsburgh Kings
  • Youth Enrichment Services
  • YouthPlaces

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If you would like contact information on any of the grantees, please contact the STOP the Violence Office.

These grants are a component of the Pittsburgh Plan For Peace that will complement the existing work being done by the City's Group Violence Intervention Support and Outreach efforts, including the REACH team.

These violence prevention efforts are made possible by the City's STOP the Violence Trust Fund. The Trust Fund was created in 2020 partially in response to protests after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.