Violence Interruption and Reduction

OVP oversees strategies and initiatives that strive to prevent, reduce, and end violence – particularly gun violence – in the City of St. Louis.


Violence Interruption and Reduction programs utilize credible messengers to prevent and disrupt cycles of violence and retaliation in communities. They work toward this goal through the deployment of proactive strategies aimed at fostering meaningful relationships in St. Louis’ neighborhoods that experience the highest rates of violence. While other models may intervene after gun victimization or focus on group conflict, the interruption model prioritizes immediate responses.

By focusing on immediate response and relationship-based interventions to de-escalate conflict, some programs have shown a 30%-60% decrease in shootings and homicides without an increase in incarceration rates. Violence Interruption and Reduction programs work to de-escalate conflict, provide mediation, and build supportive relationships - steering those involved in violence (or at a high risk of violence) into alternative positive choices.

Planned Programs

  1. Violence Interruption and Reduction Training: training for credible messengers and administrative staff. Training should include but is not limited to mediation, trauma-informed care, de-escalation, etc.
  2. Onboarding and Management Training: systematic onboarding training and management practices to equip staff with the understanding to combat gun violence using a public health approach. Training should also include core administrative functions, such as referral to services and recordkeeping/data collection.
  3. Community Outreach Training: effective interruption, organizing, and outreach tactics to connect with community members to help create safety measures for staff.

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