A community is more than where you live... it's how you live with one another.

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Rita’s community stepped up to help her family heal when her brother was murdered. Today, Rita has the strength to help others heal when violence strikes. She uses her voice to bring the community together to reduce violence.

Ending my family's cycle of trauma had to start with me.

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Emma was battling depression over her family’s endless cycle of violence and trauma. Elders in the community helped her see that she had to take the first step to break that cycle. Today, Emma is taking better care of her self and is strong enough to help those around her.

My father's murder left me with a pain I'd wish on no one. This pain became my purpose.

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The pain Rita felt after her father was murdered and his killer failed to recieve justice was all too family to those in her community. She decided to do something about it. Today, she uses her love of people and cooking to bring others together over community meals to build stronger relationships and discuss ways to reduce the violence around them.

I was ready to take revenge on my brother's killer, but I chose a different path.

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When Rev. Harrison was 14 years old, his brother was murdered. As he was planning to take revenge, some adult men stepped in to help him find another path. Today, he works with boys in similar situations to help keep them safe and find better ways to end the violence around them.

My Voice. Our Community. is a campaign to empower and inspire voices across the nation to take action and raise awareness about the roles we all share in reducing the violence traumatizing our communities.

It provides tools and places control in the hands of community members and leaders to help them build stronger community relationships, connect with unengaged community members, and inspire people to action through outreach, conversation, and collaboration.

Everyone has a voice.
How will you use yours?

If you’re a community organizer, faith leader, business owner, or simply an active member of your community, My Voice. Our Community. is designed for you, and the toolkit has everything you need to bring the campaign to life in your community. 

Looking for guidance on how to get started?

Whether you’re the leader of an organization or business, someone who wants to spread the word on social media, or a law enforcement agency looking to build relationships and strengthen existing violent crime reduction efforts, visit the strategic guidance section to for advice, tips, and inspiration on how to successfully launch a My Voice. Our Community. campaign near you.

My Voice. Our Community. is a campaign to empower and inspire voices across the nation to take action and raise awareness about the roles we all share in reducing the violence traumatizing our communities.

It provides tools and places control in the hands of community members and leaders to help them build stronger community relationships, connect with unengaged community members, and inspire people to action through outreach, conversation, and collaboration.

Everyone has a voice.
How will you use yours?

If you’re a community organizer, faith leader, business owner, or simply an active member of your community, My Voice. Our Community. is designed for you, and the toolkit has everything you need to bring the campaign to life in your community.

Looking for guidance on how to get started?

Whether you’re the leader of an organization or business, someone who wants to spread the word on social media, or a law enforcement agency looking to build relationships and strengthen existing violent crime reduction efforts, visit the strategic guidance section to for advice, tips, and inspiration on how to successfully launch a My Voice. Our Community. campaign near you.

My Voice. Our Community. is campaign to empower and inspire voices across the nation to take action and raise awareness about the roles we all share in reducing the violence traumatizing our communities.

It provides tools and places control in the hands of community members and leaders to help them build stronger community relationships, connect with unengaged community members, and inspire people to action through outreach, conversation, and collaboration.

Everyone has a voice. How will you use yours?

If you’re a community organizer, faith leader, business owner, or simply an active member of your community, My Voice. Our Community. is designed for you, and the toolkit has everything you need to bring the campaign to life in your community. 

Looking for some guidance on how to get started?

Whether you’re the leader of an organization or business, someone who wants to spread the word on social media, or a law enforcement agency looking to build relationships and strengthen existing violent crime reduction efforts, visit the strategic guidance section to for advice, tips, and inspiration on how to successfully launch a My Voice. Our Community. campaign near you.

My voice. Our community.

Meet The Voices Behind The Program

This program is made possible through a partnership between the Bureau of Justice Assistance and VCPIa nonprofit organization providing public safety training and resources nationwide and based in Richmond, Virginia—along with the help of dozens of community leaders, activists, law enforcement professionals, policymakers, and academics from around the country who provided critical insight and feedback throughout the development of the campaign’s resources.

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