Healthy Cleveland’s Violence Prevention Committee is taking a public health approach to reduce domestic violence and violence against women in 2019. To help define the problem and narrow down a scope of work, committee partners spent several meetings looking over data analyzed by Violence Epidemiologist, Sheena Fryerson. Fryerson, who works jointly with the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Mayor’s Office of Prevention, Intervention, and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults, produced a report that highlighted violence burden in the City of Cleveland at the neighborhood (community) and Ward levels.
You can find the full report with detailed explanations here. Domestic violence and sexual violence data displayed by Ward and Cleveland Neighborhood are below. Click on an image for a larger view.
The goal of the committee is to produce recommendations that highlight best practices in Cleveland as well as areas in need of additional resources.
Based on the violence report findings, the committee chose to focus on domestic violence and will be splitting into two working groups to organize the work. The first group: Data, Research, and Policy, will take a dive into the research literature available to identify what has been done, what worked in other communities, and what recommendations can be made to help address violence against women in Cleveland. The second working group, Community Engagement, will strategize around outreach among Cleveland organizations currently engaged in this realm of work and among the city’s residents.
Stay tuned for more to come from this committee and how you can get involved!