KC NoVA brings community and faith-based groups, law enforcement, and city government partners together to actively communicate and engage to reduce violence.
Kansas City No Violence Alliance (NoVA) launched in late January 2013 to focus on street groups associated with violence in the city. NoVA began as an initiative by key law enforcement and city leaders to reduce violence in Kansas City’s urban core. The National Network began advising the effort in late 2013, leading Kansas City partners to a first major call-in in spring 2014. It has support from by local partner agencies including the University of Missouri Kansas City, as well as outside funders such as the Greater Kansas City Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and Jackson County COMBAT.
"Outreach by city’s first African-American police chief may be why it has avoided protests that erupted elsewhere."
The Kansas City chapter of "Mothers in Charge" works closely with KC NoVA as a support and outreach partner that works to support families of victims and group members seeking to change their lives.
Rosilyn Temple leads the Kansas City chapter of Mothers in Charge, a community support group for people who have lost children to homicide. After Ms. Temple's son was tragically murdered in 2011, she began working with Mothers in Charge to help mothers who were suffering under the same circumstances as her. She has been extremely active and important member of the Kansas City Community and the city's No Violence Alliance. Joe Ledford
"Kansas City’s No Violence Alliance said despite an uptick in the city’s homicide rate this year, its members are staying the course."
Kansas City Star editorial board expresses their support for the KC NoVA strategy, even in the face of difficult crime trends.
"A Kansas City group that hopes to stop crime before it starts had early stumbles, but now is starting to see the results of its work."
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded Kansas City No Violence Alliance a three-year, $1 million grant to focus efforts along the Prospect Avenue Corridor to reduce violent crime and foster cooperation between the community and law enforcement.
St. Louis city leaders have been traveling around the country to find effective violence reduction strategies to help curb its’ increasing homicide rate. Today, St. Louis law enforcement and community members visited Kansas City to learn from the National Network's Group Violence Intervention strategy and other tools the city has employed to successfully reduce its' homicide rate. Kansas City No Violence Alliance held a call-in mid-February, where speakers included Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Kansas City Missouri Police Department Darryl Forte', U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.
Kansas City has seen tremendous homicide reductions through its Kansas City No Violence Alliance, modeled after National Network for Safe Communities ' Group Violence Intervention. Kansas City Missouri Police Major Joe McHale highlighted the strategy’s effectiveness at using existing resources to prevent crime:“You’re taking the resources you’re using now and aligning mission better. The thing is, when you reduce violent crime, it has a ripple effect. It reduces other crime as well.”