Gun Violence Reduction Program

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From September 2022 through June 2023, a gun violence community needs assessment was conducted in San Diego County to shed light on the impact gun violence is having on our communities and to identify solutions our communities would like to see.

Findings from the assessment, including recommendations, are included in the Gun Violence Reduction Community Needs Assessment Final Report. To read the report, click on the link in the upper right corner of this page.

From September 2022 through June 2023, a gun violence community needs assessment was conducted in San Diego County to shed light on the impact gun violence is having on our communities and to identify solutions our communities would like to see.

Findings from the assessment, including recommendations, are included in the Gun Violence Reduction Community Needs Assessment Final Report. To read the report, click on the link in the upper right corner of this page.

  • County Board of Supervisors Approves Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan

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    On February 6, 2024, the County Board of Supervisors approved a work plan designed to reduce gun violence in San Diego County.

    The Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan includes 17 actions, to be led by County departments, to reduce gun violence in our region. Work Plan actions address suicide, domestic/intimate partner violence and community violence and cover the spectrum of prevention strategies, from actions designed to stop violence before it starts to services that address immediate and long-term responses to violence. Work Plan actions are scheduled to begin in the coming fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2024.

    To support the implementation of the Work Plan, the Board approved a staff position to lead and coordinate County gun violence reduction activities. Activities include establishing and coordinating a community Gun Violence Reduction Advisory Group, applying for violence prevention and intervention grants, and continuing community engagement and collaboration to strengthen and enhance prevention and intervention programs and services.

    County staff will return to the board in early 2025 with an initial status update on Work Plan implementation.

    To read the Work Plan, click on the link in the upper right corner of this page.

  • County Releases Report with Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence

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    The County of San Diego has released a report that highlights data related to gun violence in San Diego County and outlines recommendations to reduce this violence. The Gun Violence Reduction Community Needs Assessment Final Report, authored by Health Assessment and Research for Communities (HARC), includes findings from more than 18 months of work with community and government leaders.

    As stated in the report, between 2017-21, over 70% of firearm-related deaths in San Diego County were suicide and over 28% were homicide. The report details populations most impacted by firearm-related deaths, injuries, and crimes, including age, race, and geographic location.

    Recommendations in the report include prevention and intervention strategies that are tailored to specific populations at highest risk for violence, such as developing and sharing suicide prevention materials, domestic and intimate partner violence materials, and working to change norms about gun violence through outreach programs. It also highlights the need to partner with agencies that offer free gun locks.

    Enhancing community prevention services is also mentioned in the report, including expanding youth-focused programs, like mentorship and after school programs. Partnership building between trauma hospitals and community-based organizations that connect gun violence patients and their families to recovery services is also highlighted as a recommendation.

    Community engagement and collaboration is central to many of the recommendations. Continued coordination with a Gun Violence Reduction Community Advisory Group and organizing networking events for community organizations working to reduce gun violence is recommended.

    The County developed a work plan, using HARC’s recommendations, to advance gun violence reduction activities in the county. The report and work plan will be presented to the County Board of Supervisors on February 6, 2024.

    A link to the report can be found on the project Homepage.

    **The report and work plan were previously presented to the County Board of Supervisors on July 18, 2023. The item failed due to a tie vote, and the Board did not continue the item. Pursuant to Rule 2(g) of the Board of Supervisors Rules of Procedure, the item was placed on the agenda for the next regular meeting on August 29, 2023. The Chief Administrative Officer withdrew the item from the August 29, 2023 agenda and continued the item at a future date. The future date the item will be presented is February 6, 2024.

  • Key Findings Community Presentations

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    The County of San Diego, in coordination with community partners, will be hosting three community presentations to share key findings from the County’s gun violence reduction community needs assessment.

    Below are the dates and locations for the three presentations:

    • June 6, 2023 | 6:00-7:30 PM | San Marcos Community Center (Main Hall), 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069
    • June 10, 2023 | 1:00-2:30 PM | Norman Park Senior Center, 270 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • June 13, 2023 | 6:00-7:30 PM | Virtual: To attend, click this link https://tinyurl.com/GVRforum

    Language interpretation services are available upon request. To request interpretation services, please email dpolk@harcdata.org at least 72 hours in advance of the forum date. Interpretation services are available in the County's eight threshold languages (Spanish, Somali, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Persian (Dari and Farsi), Tagalog, and Vietnamese) as well as American Sign Language.

    Questions or comments related to the community presentation can be sent to dpolk@harcdata.org.

  • Community Forums

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    The County of San Diego, in coordination with community partners, will be hosting three community forums to share preliminary findings from the County’s gun violence reduction community needs assessment. Information shared at these forums will include preliminary results from the nine community listening sessions and community and professional surveys.

    Below are the dates and locations for the three forums:

    • March 9, 2023 | 6:00-7:30PM | Virtual: To attend, click this link https://tinyurl.com/GVRforum
    • March 11, 2023 | 2:00-3:30PM | Jackie Robinson Family YMCA (InterGen Room), 151 YMCA Way, San Diego, CA 92102
    • March 14, 2023 | 6:00-7:30PM | Escondido City Hall (Mitchell Room), 201 N. Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

    Language interpretation services are available upon request. To request interpretation services, please email dpolk@harcdata.org at least 72 hours in advance of the forum date. Interpretation services are available in the County's eight threshold languages (Spanish, Somali, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Persian (Dari and Farsi), Tagalog, and Vietnamese) as well as American Sign Language.

    The presentation includes some preliminary findings from the community needs assessment. It’s important to note that the forum presentation does not include all areas of analysis from the assessment, but much of them. The full analysis will be available in the final report.

    Questions or comments related to the community forum presentation can be sent to dpolk@harcdata.org.

  • Community Survey

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    DEADLINE EXTENDED: Residents have until February 24, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. to complete the survey!

    Two surveys are being used for this project: a community survey and a professional survey.

    The community survey is available for all residents of San Diego County to complete.

    The professional survey is designed to be completed by those who actively work with or for people impacted by gun violence in San Diego County. This may include a variety of professions, including healthcare, law enforcement, social work, research, and education.

    Surveys available to complete between January 17 – February 15, 2023

    The survey is now closed.

Page last updated: 22 Feb 2024, 12:26 PM