Office of Violence Prevention (OVP)
The OVP was created in 1994 by the Board of Supervisors, with a mission to keep families safe and healthy. OVP works with other violence prevention partners to make San Diego County a safe place to live, work, and play.
- Adult Protective Services | 1-800-510-2020 | 24-hour hotline to report abuse towards older adults who are not able to take care of themselves.
- Child Abuse Hotline | 1-800-344-6000 | 24-hour hotline is available to report child abuse, molestation, and to report that children are not receiving adequate care.
- National Sexual Assault Hotline | 1-800-656-4673 | 24-hour hotline with trained staff who can give you information on where to get help if you are experiencing sexual assault.
Resources are available to help provide safety tips during, when planning to leave or after leaving an abusive relationship.
* Keep in mind, the safety tips we share are for learning and general information. They're not a substitute for advice from experts like doctors or lawyers. If you need special help or advice, talk to the right professional who can guide you.
One of the major initiatives led by OVP is the Family Violence Prevention and Response Initiative (FVPRI). FVPRI’s goal is to prevent, respond to, and end family violence in San Diego County through trauma-informed practices. This initiative also aims to strengthen and improve public service systems, and work with community partners to address all kinds of family violence.
Trauma-Informed Systems Integration
In July 2014, HHSA created and adopted the Trauma-Informed Systems Policy Statement which turned them into a trauma-informed agency. As a result, Public Health Services developed the FY15/16 Action Plan which has been disseminated to staff and been reported accomplishments for all six branches. Furthermore, to support community awareness, the first Live Well San Diego Strategic Advance in 2016 featured a trauma-informed track that engaged over 200 Live Well San Diego community partners.
The following sections provide information and resources on family violence, sexual violence, injury prevention, and trauma-informed care.
Animal Abuse Resources
Child Abuse Resources and Information
- California Department of Social Services Child Abuse Prevention
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Violence Prevention Adverse Childhood Experiences
- County of San Diego HHSA Children's Services
- National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect Clearinghouse
Domestic Violence Resources and Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Violence Prevention
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
- San Diego Domestic Violence Council (SDDVC)
- The San Diego County Self-Help Guide contains a list of resources on mental health, substance abuse treatment, housing and shelters, food resources, healthcare, court information, legal resources, parent and child resources, employment, and education.
- The San Diego Regional Guide Domestic Violence Resources ( English | Spanish) contains a list of services and shelters in San Diego County.
Elder Abuse Resources and Information
- National Center on Elder Abuse
- Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging
Injury Prevention Resources and Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Injury Prevention and Control
- State of California Department of Industrial Relations
- Healthy People 2020 Injury and Violence Prevention
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sexual Violence Additional Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Violence Prevention
Trauma-Informed Resources and Information
- Childhood Trauma Changing Minds
- National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources
- National Council for Behavioral Health, Trauma-Informed Care
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Trauma-Informed Approach and Traumatic-Specific Interventions
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Trauma-Informed Practice
Youth and Teen Violence Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention Youth Violence
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dating Matters
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Teen Dating Violence
- Safe Start Center, Children Exposed to Violence: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
- youth.gov, Violence Prevention
- U.S. Department of Justice Programs, Youth Violence Prevention Initiatives
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway
The resources listed here are not a complete directory of services available. For more information on violence prevention resources available throughout San Diego County, please call 2-1-1 or visit their website at www.211sandiego.org. 2-1-1 connects people with community, health, and disaster services through a free, 24/7 confidential phone service and searchable online database.
This work supports Live Well San Diego, creating a region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving. For more information, visit LiveWellSD.org.