Governor Roy Cooper announced the creation of a statewide Office of Violence Prevention on March 14. It will be located in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

By coordinating efforts across state agencies and partnering with local leaders, the new office will focus on public health approaches to reduce violence and firearm misuse in North Carolina.

The Office of Violence Prevention will offer training and technical assistance, issue best practice guidance and model processes, facilitate information sharing with state and local leaders working to reduce violence, conduct public awareness campaigns, share data, collaborate with research institutions, and identify and apply for funding from federal and philanthropic sources.

Read more about the new office in the Governor’s News Release here.