Gun / Group / Gang Violence Response

This strategy aims to intervene in the cycle of gun violence to save lives and support healing.

Date Posted: October 25th, 2021 @ 8:54 AM
Last Updated: November 17th, 2022 @ 2:16 PM

Shooting and Homicide Response starts with community-based responders that connect with individuals and families at the hospital or in their homes and walk with them as they navigate crisis. Families and individuals will be connected to immediate resources and long-term mental healthcare and healing support.

Violence Interruption that is designed to interrupt conflicts between groups and individuals, with a focus on reducing retaliatory violence whenever possible. Interrupters rely on their community credibility and knowledge of Oakland street violence to form relationships that allow them to intervene in volatile situations.

Adult Life Coaching is centered on transformative relationships between people involved in gun violence and trained peer professionals with similar life experiences. Life coaches provide advocacy, systems navigation, family engagement, connection to resources (such as housing and mental health), and socio-emotional skill development.

Adult Employment and Education that meets the immediate needs and enhances participants’ long-term job prospects through the development of skills and education.

Youth Diversion programming that uses restorative justice practices with youth who have been arrested, but not sentenced, with the goal of having charges dropped, or that provides Oakland Police Department officers with an alternative option for youth facing arrest.

Youth Life Coaching and Reentry services for youth transitioning from the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center. Services include rapid school placement support, health care services, and referrals to community-based life coaching.

Youth Education and Career Exploration services that improve young people’s education outcomes and career readiness. Program offers a range of work opportunities afterschool and in the summer.

School-site Violence Intervention and Prevention Teams: VIP teams receive training in conflict resolution, mediation, child and adolescent development, and gender-based violence including domestic and dating violence and sexual exploitation.