Healthy Relationships

Local violence damages lives and tears apart families, at great expense to our community.

At CVIC, we’re not okay with that.

We want to end the suffering that so many local people experience and reduce the amount we spend on the aftermath of violence.

At CVIC, the cost to intervene after violence has occurred is $800 a person, where prevention costs just $59 a person. It’s time to flip the pyramid and invest more in prevention to end violence once and for all.


Imagine our community’s future if bullying, rape and gun violence were no more.

That has been CVIC’s vision for decades–and our goal when we initiated the Safer Tomorrows Project in 2010 in collaboration with our key partners below. One of just eight communities in the nation chosen to implement a U.S. Department of Justice Defending Childhood Initiative, we set out to ensure that every PK-12 child in Grand Forks County receives evidence-based education across all grade levels, providing a cultural shift for an entire generation over their years of education. This project is in addition to the extensive prevention education CVIC has provided to area youth for two decades.

  • Healthy relationship education: Trained teachers incorporate evidence-based prevention education right into their classrooms, teaching students about bullying, dating violence, sexual assault, and healthy relationships.

  • Coaching Boys Into Men: Coaches are trained to mentor high school athletes on respecting girls and women.

  • Friendships That Work: Teachers educate elementary and middle school students on healthy friendships, teaching skills that equip them for healthy relationships in the future.

  • How to Avoid Dating a Jerk/ette: Offered in addition to the curricula through the Safer Tomorrows Project, CVIC provides this entertaining curriculum along with education on sexual harassment, dating violence and healthy relationships to hundreds of students across the county.

SAFER TOMORROWS KEY PARTNERS: City of Grand Forks, CVIC, Grand Forks Public Schools, Lutheran Social Services of ND

 We are already seeing amazing results!

Students reporting bullying in Grand Forks County combined public and parochial schools risk and protective factors surveys, 2012 & 2014

Local youth love our prevention education!

  • "I liked when we got to be in groups and when we wrote down the things for healthy and unhealthy relationships."

  • "I liked the enthusiasm and how much information was presented.  And she was in sync with the class."

  • " I liked that it told me I could say no."


90% of children and youth will increase their understanding of both abusive and healthy relationships and services available to help

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Educating our community is one of the first steps toward ending violence once and for all.

Community education
We provide education on all forms of violence and available services to:

  • Civic and other community groups
  • Technical colleges and universities
  • Places of worship
  • Businesses
  • Others

Professional training
We provide basic and advanced training on best practices in responding to violence to:

  • Criminal justice system
  • Health care
  • K-12 educators and UND classes
  • Clergy and spiritual leaders
  • Others

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“I thought the information about how the brain responds to trauma and how to respond to a victim that comes to you is important.”

“The videos and statistics were really powerful to see and hear.  The presenter's knowledge and stories helped put things in perspective.”

Last Year:

  • 8,188 local adults were educated, with 94% of those surveyed increasing awareness
  • 2,422 professionals received training on best practices, with 97% indicating they will use the knowledge and skills learned in their work

Community Action Team
Our Community Action Team raises awareness of sexual violence in order to reduce its occurrence. Check out other prevention and awareness sites:

Prevention Institute
Prevent Connect
CDC Division of Violence Prevention
ND Prevention Toolkit


Teaching respect and positive relationships

New Choices equips men* who have used violence at home with skills that facilitate change in their behavior and challenges their belief systems about violence, using a 27-week curriculum.

  • Weekly practice: With each topic, we offer a healthy method for them to practice and apply, such as positive self-talk and time-outs.
  • Accountability: We collaborate with the courts to ensure participants follow through with court orders.
  • Victim safety: An advocate follows up with intimate partners of participants to offer safety planning and services.

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* Groups for women who have used violence in their intimate relationships are also available.

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