Our Work

Transformative Mediation

Unlike other types of mediation, the goal of Transitional Mediation is to get individuals who engaged in conflict to talk to one another. Using this method, individuals are given the opportunity to listen to one another and possibly work out their differences. The Office of Human Relations (OHR) staff members have completed basic training, skill building and mediation practice through the Dayton Mediation Center. They successfully completed more than 45 hours of training to accomplish this goal. Based on their certification, they are now finalizing a process and procedure for individuals and agencies who want to utilize their services for mediation.

Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) History

The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) is a multi-agency and community collaborative effort initiated in 2007 designed to reduce gun-violence and associated homicides in the City of Cincinnati. The initiative is a focused-deterrence strategy which is modeled after the Boston Gun Project from the mid-1990s. A partnership among multiple law enforcement agencies (local, state and federal), social service providers, and the community has been established to deliver a clear message to violent street groups: the violence must stop. This message is communicated through a number of different mechanisms, including call-in sessions with probationers and parolees; direct contact through the Community Outreach Advocates, police, probation, and parole officers; community outreach; and media outlets. Law enforcement agencies have gathered intelligence on violent street group networks, and consequences are delivered to the street groups that continue to engage in violence. Those offenders seeking a more productive lifestyle are provided streamlined social services, training, education, and employment opportunities. The community and law enforcement are working as partners and as a result, strengthening their relationship.

Role of the Community Outreach Advocates (COA's)

The Community Outreach Advocates (COA's) are part of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), a collaboration including law enforcement, the University of Cincinnati, the Community Police Partnering Center, Office of Human Relations, and the Hamilton County Office of Re-entry. The initiative has been highlighted locally, nationally and internationally for its success and ingenuity. The COA's are key on-the-ground workers. They are able to work in neighborhoods adversely experiencing high levels of violence alongside residents. Because of the life and personal experiences of each COA, he or she is able to identify with the target population and therefore able to build a relationship of trust that can lead to changed life directions.

The COA's work to reduce gun-related violence among chronic violent offenders affiliated with street gang/groups. The responsibilities of the COA's include:

  • Community Outreach and Engagement - Organizing and participating in community events and activities
  • Violence Interruption - Performing street outreach in response to group/gang member involved shootings to provide crisis intervention and de-escalate community tension and comfort the family; attend potentially volatile funerals; organize / assist with and attend memorials & vigils to offer comfort, support and testimonials of hope of interrupting the cycle of vengeance
  • CIRV Message Delivery - Provide testimonial of experience, strength and hope at call ins, on the streets, in the jail, prison visits, etc.; and engage group/gang members by disseminating public education materials in high incident locations where high risk individuals are located to spread the "Stop the Shooting" message and provide information
  • Coaching / Mentoring - Serve as coaches and mentors for group/gang members who want to "turn their lives around"; Collaborate with social and human services agencies, faith-based and community organizations to make referrals for employment, education, job readiness, reentry and whatever is needed to improve their lives and reduce the chance of recidivism

For more information on Community Outreach Advocates and the work they do CLICK HERE.
For more information on the Collaborative Agreement, CLICK HERE.
For more information on the Memorandum Of Agreement, CLICK HERE.