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 is significantly higher than preventing violence before it occurs. 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 it's the bold goal of our Safer Tomorrows Road Map. Building upon a major collaborative project initiated in 2011, our Safer Tomorrows Road Map is taking our efforts to a new level, equipping community members with what they need to develop positive relationships and to prevent the use of violence at every stage of life. 

  • Healthy relationship education: CVIC staff and trained teachers across Grand Forks County provide evidence-based prevention education in classrooms from Pre-K to Grade 12, teaching students about bullying, dating violence, sexual assault and healthy relationships.

  • Coaching Boys Into Men: High school boys' coaches are trained to mentor their athletes on respecting girls and women.

  • Athletes as Leaders: High school girls' coaches are trained to mentor their athletes on becoming leaders in ending violence against girls and women.

  • Friendships That Work: Teachers and CVIC staff educate elementary and middle school students on healthy friendships, teaching skills that equip them for healthy relationships in the future.
  • LIVERESPECT: CVIC staff mentor young men in middle and high school on healthy and respectful manhood to build character and healthy relationships. 

Safer Tomorrows Road Map 
Grand Forks County public schools from Emerado, Grand Forks, Larimore, Manvel, Midway, Northwood, and Thompson
boys' and girls' high school sports teams: football, basketball, hockey, swimming, soccer wrestling, cross-country, track and field, golf, volleyball, and softball

See results HERE

  • "(I liked) knowing what I shouldn't put on social media."

  • " I liked how us students were involved in the conversation and interacted."
  • “It taught me to like who I am.” 

  • "I liked the examples of abusive relationships – it helped me visualize the forms of abuse.”


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 have learned proper screening (for domestic violence) and I've become more aware of warning signs."

“I learned how the brain processes trauma and how to ask questions in a way that supports the way the brain works.” 

“I now know what to say to a child who is experiencing domestic violence at home.”

Last Year:

  • 8,624 local adults were educated, with 93% of those surveyed increasing awareness
  • 1,841 professionals received training on best practices, with 96% of those surveyed indicating they will use the knowledge and skills learned in their work

Green Dot Bystander Intervention
Our Green Dot program trains community members to both intervene in potentially harmful situations and to proactively foster a safe community. Check out other prevention and awareness sites:

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

Preventing violence. Promoting safety. Building hope.

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