Violence Intervention
Strategies

VIPP Partners

Violence Intervention & Prevention Partners, or VIPP, is a hospital-linked violence intervention program that connects gun violence survivors with follow-up care and community resources for maximizing recovery. VIPP helps survivors access needed services and makes recovery easier after leaving the hospital. While some injuries are physical, others are mental or emotional. All these injuries require recovery to have the best quality of life.

VIPP provides a personalized roadmap, resources, and support for your recovery from gun violence and stopping the cycle of violence. As staff of VIPP, we are also victims of gun violence. We have walked the road to recovery and can assist you on your journey. 

For more details, contact: Carmone Owens (VI Supervisor) at (205)761-8495 cowens@offenderalumni.org

Cure Violence Global​

Cure Violence Global helps communities to implement violence prevention programs that are effective in significantly reducing violence. Since 2000 Cure Violence began in Chicago, it has become international. Cure Violence evidence-based approach: 1) interrupt the transmission, 2) prevent the spread, and 3) change norms. 

The Offender Alumni Association’s Cure Violence OAA was given a grant by the City of
Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction to interrupt shootings and killings from gun violence. Cure Violence OAA is currently stationed in Zone 1, District 3 as of 2023.

For more details, contact: Arthur Powell (Program Manager) (404) 374-4534 apowell@offenderalumni.org

OAA Support Forums

Peer to Peer Support is sharing of encouragement and knowledge between individuals with similar life experiences. This is how we coach those who are seeking a different way of life.

Weekly support forums offer:

  • Peer to peer support
  • Fellowship
  • Acceptance with no judgment because we have been there and we understand
  • A place to solve mutual dilemmas and issues
  • A place to share known resources
  • Engage family members

The newly returning citizens gain wisdom and networking opportunities from other former prisoners who are already stable, working, and connected with the local community. The process generates a cycle of “offenders helping offenders.” Seasoned members of the group will connect with newcomers, call them on the phone regularly, and invite them back for Monday meetings and Saturday service projects.