Office of Violence Prevention (OVP)


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

To speak to someone about domestic violence related services available throughout San Diego County, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24 hours a day at: 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

For more information on violence prevention resources, please call 2-1-1 or visit their website at

About OVP 

The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) was established in 1994 by the Board of Supervisors, with a mission to promote healthy individuals and families by designing and developing violence prevention programs throughout San Diego County.

Violence Prevention for Youth

OVP focuses on efforts to reduce and prevent youth violence. OVP assists providers in strengthening programs by promoting the implementation of evidence-based and best practices.

Domestic Violence Safety Planning*

The following resources are available to help provide safety tips for use when planning to leave an abusive relationship. Please remember that this can be one of the most dangerous times so you need to prepare yourself, children, and pets.

*Disclaimer : Safety planning information is presented for general educational and information purposes. It is not intended to be legal, medical or other expert advice and should not be used in place of consultation with appropriate professionals.

Local Resources and Links

  • 2-1-1 San Diego is a resource that connect people with community, health, and disaster services through a free, 24/7 confidential phone service and searchable online database.
  • Find legal information from the County of San Diego Superior Court.
  • The San Diego Regional Guide Domestic Violence Resources (English | Spanish) contains a list of services and shelters in San Diego County.

Hotlines and Important Phone Numbers

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

County of San Diego:

  • Child Protective Services: 1-800-344-6000
  • Adult Protective Services, Abuse Reporting Line: 1-800-510-2020
  • Animal Services, 24-hour Emergency Dispatch: 619-236-2341
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources, and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Additional Resources

The following sections below provide links to family violence related resources on topics such as: safety planning, domestic violence, child abuse, youth violence, elder abuse, and animal abuse.

Domestic Violence Resources

Child Abuse Resources

Youth Violence Resources

Elder Abuse Resources

Animal Abuse Resources


Webpage last updated 05/19/2016