Who Are We?

Who is the The Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) ?

 

The VPA is a network of World Health Organisation (WHO) member states, international agencies and civil society organisations working to prevent violence.

VPA participants share an evidence-based public health approach that targets the risk factors leading to violence and promotes multi-sectoral cooperation.

 

The VPA (Jamaican Chapter) was launched in November 2004 at the University of the West Indies' Medical Research Conference. The message was “Violence is Preventable” and its mandate, to build an alliance with all sectors of society that will create safe communities where children can grow up free from fear and violence.

Participants are committed to implement the recommendations of the World Report on Violence and Health.

 

What We Do

 

  • Increase collaboration and exchange of information between organizations on violence prevention.
     

  • Support the implementation and monitoring of existing programme and to lobby for national action plans for violence prevention.
     

  • Facilitate data analysis and application in order to identify and promote best practices.
     

  • Support the promotion of primary prevention of violence, particularly through public education.
     

  • Support the strengthening of systems/services for victims of violence.
     

  • Lobby for the integration of violence prevention into social and educational policies, thereby enhancing the promotion of gender and social equality.
     

  • Promote the safe community concept

 

 

 
 

The public health approach involves:

  • Defining the violence-related problems to be addressed – child abuse, domestic violence, armed violence etc.;
     

  • Identifying the risk factors and protective factors;
     

  • Developing and testing prevention strategies;
     

  • Assuring adoption and implementation of “best practice” prevention strategies.

Our Vision:  A violence free and safe Jamaica.

Since its inception the VPA has worked within the framework of a public health approach to generate and disseminate evidence-based solutions that reduce violence and advance development.  ​​

Objectives

Using a multi-sectoral approach to unite around a shared vision for the prevention and reduction of crime and violence in Jamaica, the VPA’s main objectives are:

  • To support the promotion of primary prevention of violence, integrated community development and public education

  • To increase collaboration and exchange of information between organizations on violence prevention

  • To lobby for the integration of violence prevention into social and educational policies, thereby enhancing the promotion of gender and social equality