The Mary Byron Project named the CVIC-led Safer Tomorrows Project as one of three 2016 national winners of its prestigious award for local innovations demonstrating promise in breaking the cycle of intimate partner violence.
In 2013, the Bush Foundation awarded CVIC its inaugural Prize for Innovation for spearheading cutting-edge efforts including the Safer Tomorrows Project.
Grand Forks was 1 of 8 communities chosen by the U.S. Department of Justice to implement a groundbreaking initiative to reduce and end childhood exposure to violence. Spearheaded by CVIC, the Safer Tomorrows Project achieved excellent outcomes between 2011 and 2016, involving all Grand Forks County public schools, the City of Grand Forks, Lutheran Social Services of ND, and 40 other organizations. After further reserach, CVIC expanded this project in 2017, bringing it to a new level as the Safer Tomorrows Road Map.
"Through our Eyes: Children, Violence and Trauma" features CVIC staff and Safer Tomorrows Project partners discussing our interventions in the schools.
This national organization recognized CVIC and the Coordinated Community Response Project for advancing a promising practice in domestic violence. CVIC's data monitoring system tracks all domestic and sexual violence cases through the criminal justice system to improve our community's response to violence, annually collecting more than 1,000 law enforcement reports and related data and following cases through the court system. We then identify strengths and weaknesses in our response in order to provide training and engage dialogue about policies and procedures to address changes and enhancements.
CVIC received national recognition for its groundbreaking work articulating in monetary terms the public benefit of its intervention and prevention work to encourage investment in safety and prevention services.