Since Crime Prevention Ottawa’s inception, Ottawa youth have been a primary focus. Whether we’re exploring what drives youth gang members, delivering information sessions, tackling graffiti or helping youth develop healthy relationships, our efforts are driven by research and designed to achieve results.

Youth gangs

An initiative of Crime Prevention Ottawa, the Ottawa Youth Gang Prevention Initiative (OYGPI) draws on the expertise of more than 30 agencies and institutions city-wide to address the issue of youth gangs. The group conducts research, develops training and organizes educational sessions on youth gang prevention and intervention strategies.

To find out more about gang prevention in Ottawa, visit our Gangs page.

Safe Youth, Safe Communities: This workshop is designed to help parents find ways to raise healthy, happy and hopeful children. Participants learn how to help children avoid getting involved in gang-related activities and how to access community resources to support them. The workshop can be downloaded and delivered in English,French, Somali, Arabic, Spanish or Farsi. Please contact us at if you plan to offer a workshop in your community.

Paint it Up!

Crime Prevention Ottawa, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, offers funding for outdoor mural projects that support graffiti prevention, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods. The Paint it Up! Program empowers youth through community arts.

Dating and Sexual Violence

We continue to promote safe and healthy relationship through research and the evidence-based dating violence prevention program, The Fourth R.  Now available in all 41 English-speaking Ottawa high schools and many French-speaking high schools, more than 130 teachers are now trained to deliver the program.

We also commissioned research into social media, sexual violence and youth. Our goal? To develop a city-wide strategy to combat the very real problems related to using social media for sexual violence purposes. Read the full research report , executive summary or view the videos from our public consultation event.

Ottawa’s  Don’t Be THAT Guy poster campaign tackles the very real problem of drinking and sexual violence among youth aged 19 to 25. Rather than placing responsibility for preventing sexual assault in the hands of victims, the posters appeal to potential offenders—speaking directly to them in their language. To find out more and see the posters, visit our Violence Against Women page.

For youth-related research and publications, visit our Youth Publications