Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

About CSPV

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) leads the way in studying and identifying what works to prevent violence, as well as championing the use of evidence-based programs, practices and policies with the highest scientific standards.

Through trusted partnerships, our team collaborates with communities, schools, law enforcement, health and human service systems and policymakers to provide individualized and culturally responsive strategies to reduce violence and improve public safety for the long term.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Violence can be Prevented

We believe violence can be prevented and use a comprehensive public health approach to confront the root causes of violence — focusing on the underlying risk, protective factors, and deeper societal forces.

Offering Hope — Together

We welcome the opportunity to explore how we can partner with you to take action and create effective change in our communities now to prevent violence in the future.


Leading the way to safer schools and communities where people thrive.


We advance safety through the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective strategies for violence prevention.


Our values define the essence of our culture and guide how we operate as an organization and collaborate with partners.

Statement of Equity

We believe that dismantling systems of oppression is integral to breaking cycles of violence. To combat these systems, we use social-justice-oriented methods and rely on community expertise to co-create spaces of inclusion that advance equal opportunities for all to achieve their full human potential.


We cultivate and rely on partnerships to integrate diverse views and lived experiences to develop relevant, sustainable solutions, and mitigate unintended consequences.

Continuous Learning and Unlearning

We embrace humility as we ask questions, seek answers, and examine biases to increase self-awareness, expand our knowledge, and challenge assumptions.

Culture of Safety and Wellbeing

We aspire to co-create respectful environments where everyone can be their authentic self, feel valued, and access opportunities to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

Scientific Excellence and Advancement

We leverage the best available scientific evidence and rely on the local context and partner needs to progress violence prevention research and evaluation.