Violence Ends Here

Let’s build a safer community together.

Every Columbus resident deserves to live, work and play in an area free of violence. That’s why Columbus Public Health, the Department of Neighborhoods and Columbus Recreation and Parks are partnering to rally residents to build a safer community together, and declare that the violence ends here. Below are resources available to help our community thrive in a healthy and safe way.

Positive Outlets

When people participate in safe, fun and engaging activities, they’re less likely to turn to negative pursuits.

Classes and Activities

Columbus Recreation and Parks offers a wide variety of low- and no-cost programs for residents of all ages and interests. From fitness to arts to sports and more, explore what’s available.

Rise Up CBUS!

This new program of the Department of Neighborhoods and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department supports and promotes Opportunity Rising, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s aspirations for every Columbus resident to equitably prosper and grow.


Connecting residents with needed resources reduces stress and allows people to focus on other aspects of their lives.

Free Mobile Produce Markets

The markets are set up as a drive-thru and offer a week’s worth of fresh produce at community centers across the city. They are staffed by volunteers wearing masks and gloves who load the produce directly into your trunk or car.

My Brother’s Keeper Village Columbus

In supporting the Central Ohio community, MBK Village Columbus is a strategic team with the singular focus of addressing historical and systemic inequalities that have impacted Boys and Young Men of Color. We exist to ensure Central Ohio youth of color are empowered and equipped with the resources, confidence, support, access and education to reach their full potential and achieve sustained personal and professional success. Explore more about the resources offered by MKV Village Columbus.

Commission on Black Girls

The Commission on Black Girls was charged with understanding the quality of life of Black Girls in Central Ohio, in order to share their story with the entire community, along with the resulting insights, recommendations and actions. Explore the Commission on Black Girls.

Intervention and Prevention

It’s possible to break the cycle of violence with intervention and prevention.

Neighborhood Violence Intervention Program

This program interrupts violence at the street level through mediation, conflict resolution and community crisis response to stop violence before it happens. Explore how this program works.

APPS Job Readiness Program

This program is a year-round comprehensive workforce development program that helps teens prepare for a career through mentoring, coaching and internships. Explore how this program works.

Locks Save Lives

Storing a gun and ammunition properly protects others from injury and keeps weapons out of the hands of children and others who shouldn’t have them. Columbus Public Health provides free gun safes and lock boxes to residents. To learn more about how you can receive a free gun safe/lock box, contact Corey L. Ball at 614-745-9454 or

Columbus CARE Coalition

The Columbus CARE (Community, Action, Resilience, Empowerment) Coalition provides hope and healing to individuals, families and neighborhoods experiencing trauma. When we build up individuals and families in a crisis, we help build up entire neighborhoods. The Columbus CARE Coalition gives people the power to help themselves, their neighbors and the entire community. Strength is at the core of healing from trauma, and the Columbus CARE Coalition provides the services and care you need, when and where you need them, to be strong again. Explore how this program works.


The VOICE (Violence Outreach Intervention Community Engagement) program works alongside victims of crime to create positive change in their lives. A collaboration between Columbus Public Health and Grant Medical Center, VOICE provides bedside and long-term interventions to victims of violence, including behavioral and mental health counseling, educational and vocational development, housing legal assistance, and more. Explore how this program works.