Office of Violence Prevention (OVP)

About 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.

Important Phone Numbers

  • 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. 

Domestic Violence Safety Planning*

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. 

Family Violence Prevention and Response Initiative 

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.

Additional Resources

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

Domestic Violence Resources and Information

Elder Abuse Resources and Information

Injury Prevention Resources and Information

Sexual Violence

Trauma-Informed Resources and Information

Youth and Teen Violence Resources

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 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

Webpage last updated 10/9/2023.