Ceasefire Portsmouth

Working Together To Reduce Violent Crime In Portsmouth, Virginia

Why is Ceasefire Virginia focusing on Portsmouth, Virginia?

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares is acutely aware of the impact that gun violence has on communities, and the decision to focus our efforts on Portsmouth, Virginia is driven by a deep understanding of the region’s unique needs. By directing our attention to Portsmouth, Ceasefire Virginia aims to effect meaningful change in this vibrant community. By addressing gun violence and providing access to comprehensive community resources, Ceasefire Virginia is committed to fostering a safer environment that will have a lasting and positive effect on the lives of the city’s residents. Through partnerships, education, and advocacy, Ceasefire Virginia seeks to empower individuals and engage the entire community in gun violence prevention efforts. By working together, Ceasefire Virginia and the citizens of Portsmouth can create meaningful change, cultivate a sense of security, and build a brighter future for all.

Community Resources + Services

Knowing where to go is just as important as knowing what to do. Below is a map with all available community resources in Portsmouth, Virginia. Updated regularly, these resources will help both you and your family receive the help needed to make your community a safer place. Use the map below to find out how your community can help you.

Also take a moment to learn more about the numerous programs offered by Virginia Office of the Attorney General that can help members of your community prevent issues like domestic violence, identity theft, bullying, Medicaid fraud, and many more.

Additional Resources

Virginia 2-1-1
Search for additional services in Virginia through Virginia 2-1-1 or dial 2-1-1 to speak to a contact specialist.


Operation Ceasefire Portsmouth


Portsmouth Crime Line 
1 (888) LOCK-U-UP or Submit A Tip Online


Portsmouth Police Department Crime Prevention


Portsmouth Police Gang Squad
(757) 393-8536


Virginia Gang Investigators Association


National Gang Center

Child Protective Services

City Call

Community Service Board or Behavioral Healthcare

Department of Social Services

Fire Department

Health Department

Parks and Recreation

Police Department (non-emergency)

Public Library

Public Schools

Virginia Cooperative Extension Service

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Virginia Health Care Foundation
Connection to affordable medical, dental, prescription medicines, Medicaid/FAMIS, health insurance, and behavioral health.
707 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 828-5804

Connecting Communities
Behavioral therapy, acute crisis intervention, returning home transition support, at risk of home removal support, and mental health skill-building.
309 County Street, Suite 203, Portsmouth, VA 23704
(757) 966-1689


Support groups for those who have recently lost a loved one.
(800) 395-5755


Minnick schools, people with disabilities, treatment foster care, counseling, and immigration services.
11818 Rock Landing Drive, Suite 207, Newport News, VA 23606
(800) 359-3834


NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness – Virginia
Support groups, crisis support, resources, education, and advocacy for individuals, families, and friends affected by mental illness.
PO Box 8260, Richmond, VA 23226-0260
(888) 486-8264 Ext. 202  |  (804) 285-8264 Ext. 202  |  (800) 950-6264 (helpline)


988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone experiencing a suicidal crisis or in emotional distress.
Call 988


Postpartum Support Virginia
Post Office Box 7521, Arlington VA 22207
(703) 829-7152


The Barry Robinson Center
Residential treatment for children and teens of military-connected families. Treatment foster care.
443 Kempsville Road, Norfolk, VA 23502
(800) 211-1995


Young Widows or Widowers
Support, bereavement resources, and social events to help those who have lost their spouse or life partner.
P.O. Box 2564, Midlothian, VA 23113

Families Forward Virginia
Intensive parent education and child development screenings.
8100 Three Chopt Road, Suite 212, Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 359-6166

Support groups to help families and friends of alcoholics.
1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454
(888) 425-2666


American Lung Association
Resources and connections to quit smoking and vaping.
(800) 586-4872


Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)
Education, prevention, and counseling services.
Fort Eustis , VA 23604
(757) 878-2924


Addiction treatment programs.
(888) 501-9865


Oxford House
Search for local sober living vacancies.
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 300, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (National Program)
(301) 587-2916  |  (800) 689-6411


Start Your Recovery
Find local rehab centers, counseling, and support groups.


Tidewater Area of Narcotics Anonymous
(866) 972-5055

Adult Abuse
1 (888) 832-3858

American Red Cross
1 (877) 849-8543

Child Abuse
1 (800) 552-7096

Disaster Distress Helpline
(800) 985-5990

Domestic Violence
1 (800) 799-7233

Military Crisis Line
1 (800) 273-8255

Military OneSource
1 (800) 342-9647

National Sexual Assault
1 (800) 656-4673

Poison Control
1 (800) 222-1222

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)
1 (800) 656-4673

Regional Housing Crisis Hotline
(757) 587-4202

SAFE Helpline
1 (877) 995-5247

Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program (SHARP)
1 (757) 268-8967

Suicide Prevention
1 (800) 273-8255

Wounded Warrior Program
1 (800) 237-1336


Community Outreach

Community Outreach is very important to the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. Community Outreach Liaisons serve as a connection point between the Attorney General’s office and the community and they are available to work with or present to school groups, community associations, civic groups, and educational programs. Community Outreach Liaisons also help with other pressing topics including prescription drug and heroin abuse, human trafficking awareness, and domestic violence issues. They help facilitate information on public safety within the community and similarly provide the Office of the Attorney General with the necessary information it needs to address public safety concerns or any potential threats.

Community Outreach Liaisons also present Virginia Rules, an educational program aimed at middle and high school students that promotes being active and engaged members of the Portsmouth community. Focusing on decision-making tactics, education on Virginia laws, and promoting how to be an active and engaged citizen, these interactive modules are easily accessed and absorbed by audiences. The modules include actionable information on dating violence, obtaining and keeping a driver’s license, and other law-related topics relevant to teens. Community Outreach Liaisons can present the modules to local schools or help train other professionals within schools to become instructors.

Contact Portsmouth's Ceasefire Coordinator

As part of our efforts to reduce violent crime throughout Virginia, the Office of the Attorney General has placed dedicated Ceasefire Coordinators in each of the communities we are focusing on. These individuals can help you by providing education opportunities and connecting you with the appropriate resources throughout the Attorney General’s Office. These coordinators help people find solutions for a variety of issues, including gang activity awareness, violent crime prevention, and more. They have a wealth of information and compassion for the specific needs of Portsmouth’s citizens.


If you’ve checked out the local news outlets over the past few years, you already know that violent crime is on the rise in Portsmouth, Virginia. But Ceasefire Virginia is fighting back to make your city safer for everyone.

Featured Coverage

Portsmouth police investigating dead body found

July 10, 2024

Police: Man dead after being shot by store employee in Portsmouth

July 5, 2024

Man shot near Portsmouth waterfront after July 4 fireworks

July 5, 2024

Portsmouth police investigating dead body found
July 10, 2024

Police: Man dead after being shot by store employee in Portsmouth
July 5, 2024

Man shot near Portsmouth waterfront after July 4 fireworks
July 5, 2024

Man in hospital after Portsmouth shooting: Police
June 27, 2024

Portsmouth man charged in connection to line-of duty death of Charles City Co. deputy
June 14, 2024
10 On Your Side Wavy

Shots Fired: Nearly 3,000 killed in homicides and suicides in Hampton Roads in past 10 years
June 2, 2024
The Virginian-Pilot

3 Virginia cities in top 10 for highest rates of gun thefts from vehicles, report finds
May 16, 2024
The Virginian-Pilot

Missing Portsmouth teen girl found safe
May 7, 2024

Portsmouth police respond to shooting on Edwards St.
May 2, 2024

Man sentenced to 18 years in Portsmouth shooting outside daycare
May 1, 2024

Man wounded in broad daylight shooting in Portsmouth
May 1, 2024

Suspect wanted in connection with Duke St. homicide in Portsmouth
April 19, 2024

Man sentenced in connection to the 2022 shooting death of Portsmouth woman
March 22, 2024

19-year-old and star athlete dead after shooting in Portsmouth, police say
March 12, 2024

2 killed in broad daylight shooting in Portsmouth
March 12, 2024

Portsmouth shooting suspect turns himself in
March 11, 2024

Third suspect in Augustine Circle murder turns himself in
March 11, 2024

Arrests made in deadly Portsmouth shooting
March 5, 2024

Man hospitalized following overnight shooting in Portsmouth
March 4, 2024

Man hospitalized following shooting on Airline Boulevard in Portsmouth
February 27, 2024

Portsmouth Man Sentenced in Landmark Case Under Operation Ceasefire Initiative
February 23, 2024

Man shot in Portsmouth
February 22, 2024

Operation Ceasefire Secures Sentence for Portsmouth Gun Crime
February 22, 2024

Operation Ceasefire Secures Sentence for Portsmouth Gun Crime, Says Attorney General Miyares
February 22, 2024
Legal Newsline

Portsmouth man sentenced for firearms, ‘machinegun’ possession as a convicted felon
February 22, 2024
Augusta Free Press

19-year-old accused of deadly domestic-related shooting in Portsmouth
February 10, 2024

Two shot within 20 minutes in Portsmouth, 25-year-old man dead: Police
February 9, 2024

Woman to serve 26 years for Christmas 2022 shooting death in Portsmouth
January 22, 2024

Broad daylight shooting injures man in Portsmouth
January 21, 2024

Boy, 15, dies after shooting on North Street in Portsmouth, police say
January 21, 2024

Murder suspect in 2020 Portsmouth shooting acquitted
January 18, 2024

2nd person dies after Greenway Ct. shooting in Portsmouth
January 15, 2024 

Violent offender off the streets in Portsmouth with help from Operation Ceasefire
January 13, 2024

Portsmouth man sentenced to 50 months for narcotic, firearm possession
January 11, 2024

Virginia Rules

Where Teens Learn and Live the Law

Virginia Rules is an educational program specially designed to help instructors, parents, and students understand the law as it applies to teens in their everyday lives. The purpose of Virginia Rules is to educate young Virginians about Virginia laws and help them develop skills needed to make sound decisions, to avoid breaking laws, and to become active citizens of their schools and communities. The program offers an annual School and Campus Safety Training Forum, a resource-packed website, and more.

Gun Violence Prevention

There are many ways to report suspected illegal gun activity and acts of violence in Portsmouth, VA, and the police need your help. To anonymously report a crime in Portsmouth, Virginia, you can call 1 (888) LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip online.

Consider joining a Neighborhood Watch group in your area. If one does not exist in your neighborhood, consider working with your neighbors to start your own Neighborhood Watch group. To get started, visit the National Neighborhood Watch Institute online and check out the National Crime Prevention Council’s tips for how to organize a Neighborhood Watch program.

If your child doesn’t know the laws in Virginia, how can they know if they are breaking the law or not? Virginia Rules is an educational program designed for middle and high school students that helps parents and students understand the law as it applies to teens in their everyday lives. When you teach your child about Virginia laws, you can help them develop skills needed to make good decisions, to avoid breaking laws, and to become active citizens of their schools and communities.

If you see or know about illegal gun activity or an act of gun violence happening in your neighborhood, the police want to know. Contact Portsmouth Police Department and let them know your concerns. Your information, which can be kept confidential, and cooperation helps them focus their anti-gun violence efforts and may prevent others in your community from becoming victims of illegal guns or senseless violence.

The biggest way you can prevent and reduce gun violence involvement starts at home. Here are some ways you can support your child at home:

  • Get involved in your child’s school activities
  • Be a positive role model and set a good example
  • Get to know your child’s friends and their families
  • Encourage good study habits
  • Teach your child how to cope with peer pressure
  • Help your child develop good conflict resolution skills
  • Encourage your child to participate in positive after-school activities
  • Get involved in community activities as a family

Additional Resources

  • Virginia 2-1-1
    • Search for additional services in Virginia through Virginia 2-1-1 or dial 2-1-1 to speak to a contact specialist.



  • National Domestic Violence Hotline


  • Portsmouth Police Department Crime Prevention



  • Virginia Gang Investigators Association


Crime Tipline For Portsmouth, Virginia

See something? Know something? Say something!

Call Portsmouth Crime Line

Submit a Tip Online
via Portsmouth Crime Line

If you see or suspect that violent crime, an illegal gun, or drug and gang activity are taking place in your neighborhood, the worst thing you can do is say nothing. No matter how big or small it is, your information about illegal guns or acts of violence in your neighborhood is a valuable tool for police to use in the fight to make Portsmouth a safer place for everyone.

In some cases, your information may even save a life! If you have a tip about gang activity, illegal guns, drugs, crimes or violent crime, or suspected gang members in your neighborhood, share that information with police through Portsmouth Crime Line. It’s 100% anonymous and your tip may even be eligible for a cash reward.

Two Ways to Submit a Crime Tip in Portsmouth, VA