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    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

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

News & Updates

When Police Fail to Solve Homicides, Families Carry the Weight

June 2017  |  The Trace  

David Kennedy: “Low clearance rates mean people have low confidence in the police, which leads to reluctance to cooperate, which leads to low clearance rates. At the same time, low clearance rates mean that there isn’t legal accountability for serious violence, which leads people to take things into their own hands, which leads to high levels of violence and low clearance rates. It’s a spiral of decline.”

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Kansas City Chief Builds Bridges to Black Residents

July 2016  |  Wall Street Journal  

"Outreach by city’s first African-American police chief may be why it has avoided protests that erupted elsewhere."

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The Mother of Kansas City

March 2016  |  University News  

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. 

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2015 Citizen of the Year: Rosilyn Temple, mother of murdered son, turns grief into a force for good

January 2016  |  Kansas City Star  

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

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No Violence Alliance to stay course despite homicide uptick in 2015

December 2015  |  KMBC  

"Kansas City’s No Violence Alliance said despite an uptick in the city’s homicide rate this year, its members are staying the course."

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Police Can’t Predict the Future. Fortunately, They Don’t Have to.

October 2015  |  Huffington Post  

An op-ed by David Kennedy discusses what's fair and what works in violence prevention.

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Despite murder spike, Kansas City should stick with crime-fighting plan

September 2015  |  Kansas City Star  

Kansas City Star editorial board expresses their support for the KC NoVA strategy, even in the face of difficult crime trends.

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Report details early struggles, recent success of KC’s NoVA program

August 2015  |  KMBC  

"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."

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Kansas City No Violence Alliance trims brush in hopes of cutting crime

July 2015  |  Kansas City Star  

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.

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St. Louis looks to Kansas City for help with homicide onslaught

February 2015  |  Kansas City Star  

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.

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Community Benefit

“In the long-run Kansas City is going to benefit, prosecutors are going to benefit, the police [will benefit], but most importantly the community is going to feel safer.”

– Joe McHale, Major, Kansas City Police Department


KC NoVA aims to bring the community and law enforcement together to actively communicate and engage to reduce violence in Kansas City.