The Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery (OVPTR) was created by Mayor Ras J. Baraka in June of 2020. It is headquartered at the former 1st Precinct of the City of Newark Police Division, located in the Central Ward, and will host program services and a Museum to honor the city’s long fight for racial integration and social healing.
OVPTR envisions a city where violence is approached from a public health perspective and where people are considered individuals as well as products of their environment. The Office’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all residents of Newark through reimagining public safety and public health as tools to address the underlying causes of violence, not only its consequences.
The Mayor and City Council have allocated 5% of the Public Safety budget to fund the new OVPTR.
Our team has analyzed historic city data, listened carefully to suggestions from residents and invited recommendations from experienced community and city leaders who have been working to prevent violence in Newark for many years to define how budget expenditure could be prioritized. The result is the following strategic goals.
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