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 it's the bold goal of our Safer Tomorrows Road Map. Building upon a major collaborative project initiated in 2011 with Grand Forks Public Schools, six rural schools, the City of Grand Forks and Lutheran Social Services of ND, 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. This project is in addition to the extensive prevention education CVIC has provided to area youth for more than two decades. 

  • 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.



  • "It made me know what sexual harassment is and how to identify when I'm crossing the line."

  • " I liked talking about how to get out of an unhealthy relationship safe."


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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“The statistics and media examples really impacted me the most. I can leave this room with a  different perspective."

“I can implement knowledge learned about screening for domestic violence and providing resources and support.”

Last Year:

  • 4,456 local adults were educated, with 97% of those surveyed increasing awareness
  • 1,548 professionals received training on best practices, with 95% 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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