Everyone Deserves Safety.

The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) brings new possibilities for safety by implementing targeted, contextualized, data-informed, and community driven programs where they are needed most.

Michelle Myles speaking at Domestic Violence Awareness Event

Founded in 2021, the office was created through redirected Austin Police Department funds as recommended by the Gun Violence and Reimagining Public Safety Task Forces. OVP was conceived as a strategic and equitable investment to increase public safety in Austin by taking interventions upstream in the cycle of violence. By addressing environmental causes of violence, healing the trauma caused by violence, and equipping change-agents to serve their communities, more Austinites can experience the benefits that come from safety. 

Learn more about OVP 

Find more information about who we are, how we got here, and what a public health approach to safety means for Austin.

Violence prevention programs in Austin 

Get to know our programs that create equitable access to safety through making connections, investing in skill-building, and holding space to heal. 

Join us for a safer Austin

We can all prevent violence in Austin by learning about what makes us safe and taking action today. 

OVP Resources

Access OVP and community resources to support violence prevention in your work. 

Get in touch with the Office of Violence Prevention by emailing OVP@austintexas.gov


National Injury Prevention Day

Locked gun image for National Injury Prevention Day

November 18, 2022 is National Injury Prevention Day. Locking firearms is a proven way to prevent accidents and can interrupt the stress associated with harmful thoughts; order your free gun lock from Lock Arms for Life today. 


OVP in the News

Texas struggles to get guns away from domestic violence suspects, leaving victims in danger; 
October 20, 2022; Texas Tribune

Austin-Travis County receives federal funding to prevent domestic violence killings and injuries by firearms
August 23, 2022; City of Austin Public Health Department Release

Travis County politicians, police discuss how to reduce 'startling increase' in gun violence
June 9,2022; Austin American-Statesman 

City office working to prevent violence
March 23, 2022; Austin Monitor

Office of Violence Prevention partners with Lock Arms for Life for safe gun storage campaign
March 14, 2022; City of Austin News Release

Office of Violence Prevention launches campaign to address heightened stress in Austin
March 03, 2022; City of Austin News Release

District Attorney Unveils Multipart Strategy to Curb Gun Violence
November 19, 2021; Austin Chronicle

Checking in on Austin’s Office of Violence Prevention
November 16, 2021; KXAN

Hiring More Police Is Not a Great Way to Prevent Murders
October 15, 2021; Austin Chronicle

Austin Public Health Announces Office of Violence Prevention Program Manager
June 10, 2021; City of Austin News Release
 

Press Inquiries: Please email APHMedia@austintexas.gov

Check in again soon for more information and opportunities to make Austin a safe community for everyone.