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Anti-Violence Initiatives

Anti-Violence Initiative
Miami-Dade County’s Gang Prevention Strategy is designed to reduce group violence and consists of four primary components:

  • Prevention
  • Intervention
  • Suppression
  • Re-entry

The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners adopted the strategy’s recommendations in 2009, one year after the South Florida Anti-Gang Summit was held where 175 national and local experts and organizations gathered to address these issues.

Group Violence Initiative
Miami-Dade County’s Group Violence Intervention (GVI) Model is part of a national program that seeks to decrease gun related deaths.

Adopted by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners in March 2019, the GVI is designed to reduce:

  • street group-involved
  • homicide gun violence targeting group or gang-involved individuals at high risk of violence
  • retaliation instances

The GVI is also intended to offer group members substance abuse and mental health services, emergency relocation assistance, and other needed help.

This program is tied to the National Network for Safer Communities and John Jay College Group Violence Intervention. Miami-Dade’s Juvenile Services and Police departments joined local public safety agencies to learn about the program, which has been implemented in cities such as Baltimore, Boston, Chicago and New Orleans, and where gun violence has seen a reduction.

For more information, contact Wayne Rawlins at the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department at 305-755-6237.