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Office of Violence Prevention

About the Office of Violence Prevention

The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) implements a centralized strategy of violence reduction programs under the auspices of the Mayor’s Office, and led by Special Advisor to the Mayor Victor Saunders. 

The mission of this Office is to coordinate and foster better internal and external partnerships to advance violence prevention. In addition to staffing City initiatives, we also collaborate with community-based organizations and agencies working to end violent crime.


Office of Violence Prevention


Inside OVP

Part of choosing wisdom is having the courage to seek help when you need it. Meet Kiera Hudson. 

She is the compassionate voice on the line when you call 428-ROVP for support. Her role involves bridging connections between individuals seeking to prevent violent or other critical situations and the professionals who can provide assistance, all within a secure and confidential setting.

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Choose Wisdom

Choose wisdom. In two words, a wealth of power.  “Choose Wisdom” is a campaign that captures and shares the voices of Rochesterians who have grappled with violence and important life choices. The campaign works to elevate resources that are available through the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), and encourages people to get involved to help others. 

The campaign is the brainchild of OVP Director Victor Saunders, and local filmmaker Shabaka Mu Ausar. 

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