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The 20th Annual Ambassador of Peace Ceremony 

The Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County (VPCOC) will hold its 20th Annual Ambassador of Peace Awards on Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa.
At this event, the VPCOC will honor individuals who may work in the field of education, public service, social work, community volunteer, business, and media to prevent violence and promote peace.

The mission and goals of  the VPCOC are to promote the health and wellness of our community by reducing violence, changing community norms by establishing non-violence as a desired behavior, and fostering communication and collaboration among community members, stakeholders, and agencies currently addressing violence in Orange County.
The past Ambassador of Peace Ceremonies are featured in Miss Darcy's Photography Gallery while an extensive list of all the winners in the past (from 1997-2014) can be viewed as well.

2015 Ambassadors of Peace

Joelle Casteix                                    Embassy Consulting Services, LLC                         Dawn Foor            
Author, Speaker, Advocate                 Charlie Celano - Chief of Police, Tustin P.D.               Supervisor      
SNAP, The Well-Armored Child          Dr. Elijah Levy, Clinical Psychologist                           CSP Sexual Assault Victim Services 
                                                            Josef Levy - Commander (retired), Long Beach P.D.

Mike Hamel                                        Dr. Lucy Vezzuto                                                         Dr. Sandra J. Murray
Deputy Chief                                       Coordinator                                                                   Pediatrician          
Irvine Police Department                     K-12 Mental Health                                                      UCI Medical School
                                                            Orange County Department of Education

It is with great sadness that the VPCOC announces the passing of an Ambassador Of Peace Recipient.  On December 30, 2015, Tina Correa (Fernandez) passed away at her home from cancer.


In 1998, Tina received the Ambassador of Peace Award for her amazing work with OC Human Relations.


Please click on link below to see the beautiful article that OC Human Relations wrote about Tina. 



Quarterly Meetings

"How Exposure to Violence Impacts Brain Development"
Friday, December 4, 2015

Safe from the Start (SFTS) is a public health campaign that provides strategies to assist communities in reducing the impact of violence on children and adolescents by educating parents, educators, nurses, social workers, counselors, and community members. The strategies support a decrease in the number of youth who are exposed to violence and who may suffer from behavioral or cognitive difficulties and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Content is research-based. Most importantly, a message of hope is delivered through understanding brain development and learning how the brain can be rewired and healed.

Featured speaker:

Jannell Jones
Program Specialist,  Orange County Department of Education

"Can Smartphones Outsmart Violence?"
October 2, 2015

Panelists will discuss the utility of smartphone applications for the prevention of, and response to, violence in our communities.  Featured speakers:

 Officer Wade MacAdam, UC Berkeley Police Department
Officer Mat Aragon, Irvine Police Department
Author Clayton Cranford (http://cybersafetycop.com/home)

VPCOC Supports Bill SB 347

On behalf of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County, we write in support of SB 347 which will strengthen our gun laws by adding to the list of persons prohibited from purchasing firearms for a 10-year period to include those convicted of specified firearm-related misdemeanors.

Certainly, those who have been convicted of selling or furnishing ammunition to a person prohibited from possessing ammunition, including minors, and the possession of ammunition by a prohibited persons as well as those dealing in firearms without a license and carrying a loaded or concealed weapon in certain cases, as well as other offenses demonstrates unsafe, dangerous and irresponsible behavior that puts our communities at risk for injuries.

Why Violence Prevention?

Because violence impacts the quality of life for every Orange County resident. Violence is the threatened or actual use 
of physical force or power against another person, against oneself, or against a group or community that either results in, or has a high likelihood of resulting in, injury, death, or deprivation. 

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