In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
Improving Health by Promoting Peace
The Chicago Department of Public Health established the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) in 1994 following the Surgeon General declaration of violence as a public health epidemic.
OVP works to prevent violence across the lifespan and reduce its negative impacts when it does occur. We understand violence to be anything that hurts or destroys any person, place or thing. We believe that exposure to violence in the home and/or community can change the life of a child forever.
We believe that exposure to violence in the home and/or community can change the life of a child forever "Children See..Children Do" .
We believe in primary prevention-preventing violence from happening in the first place by increasing awareness, identifying alternatives, responding early, surrounding children with protection, building on strengths, supporting parents and caregivers, strengthening community connections and working towards a culture of peace and justice.
The CDPH Office of Violence Prevention and Behavioral Health (OVPBH) is responsible for:
Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescent Victims of Sexual Assault (MHCSA)
Chicago Dating Matters
Crisis Intervention Pilot Program
Crisis Response and Recovery
Substance Use Programs