WIVP Sponsored “Private Violence” debuts on HBO, to Broad Acclaim


Simultaneous screenings will be held in 60+ cities nationwide

The HBO premiere date of “Private Violence” is set for October 20th at 9 P.M.  We are thrilled to see this timely documentary featuring brave advocates and survivors of domestic abuse come to light this year.The controversy over the arrest and aftermath of NFL player Ray Rice sparked a national conversation about violence in not only sports culture, but violence in our culture overall.  The Rice case also brought forward an age old question “Why doesn’t she leave?”.   Private Violence attempts to give answers to this complex subject by highlighting the difficult path women have in leaving an abusive relationship.

There will be simultaneous screenings nationwide of Private Violence the night of broadcast October 20. Currently they are happening in 60 cities and growing each day. If you would like to join other advocates and host a meeting, please go to MeetUp.com/PrivateViolence

Currently Sioux City, Iowa has the largest number of advocates signed up followed by Los Angeles, Concord, New Hampshire, Nashville, Tennessee, and Omaha, Nebraska. <Read More>

Reviews from critics who have seen the movie have been very strong. “Private Violence… shows with shocking clarity that the worst of such cases rarely involve just a single punch, and that the problem is far more entrenched than a trending-on-Twitter moment makes it seem.” (Neil Genzlinger, New York Times) <Read More>


“Coaching Boys Into Men” in national spotlight due to NFL controversy


Due to the recent NFL/Domestic violence controversy, and the public outcry demanding more consistent policies and violence prevention education, the WIVP-sponsored Futures without Violence program “Coaching Boys into Men” has been in the spotlight. As part of our ongoing effort, since 2000, to “engage men and boys” in violence prevention, “Coaching Boys into Men” on ground training program remains a key strategy for us.

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Major League Baseball reaches out to WIVP partner Futures Without Violence

Futures President Esta Soler throws out the first pitch at San Francisco Giants game

Futures President Esta Soler throws out the first pitch at San Francisco Giants game September 14 at “Strike Out Violence Day”.

Major League Baseball recently reached out to longtime Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention Partner in “engaging men and boys” against gender violence.

“Creating policies that are clear and consistent, and also provide support services, is what these leagues need to do. I was encouraged by Major League Baseball’s (step),” said Esta Soler, president of Futures Without Violence, a national group that works to prevent domestic and sexual violence and child abuse.

Soler said MLB reached out to her organization’s San Francisco office this week.” <Read More>


Sioux City Violence Prevention Project on NPR

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Iowa Mentors in Violence Prevention students

NPR’s Morning Edition recently explored the power of the peer group in discussing campus rape. The piece focused on the strength of bystander programs and pointed to early intervention as a possible strategy. Sioux City students have taken part in Mentors in Violence Prevention at the secondary level since 2000, supported by the Waitt Institute. We thank the leadership of the Sioux City School District for their leadership and their nearly 15 year commitment to bullying and gender violence prevention. For the full story, SEE HERE

“Private Violence” Opens Human Rights Watch Film Festival In June in New York City

Kit Gruelle, Gloria Steinem, Cynthia Hill, Nancy Abraham, and Deanna Walters

Kit Gruelle, Gloria Steinem, Cynthia Hill, Nancy Abraham, and Deanna Walters

“Private Violence” was honored to be asked to open the Human Rights Watch Film Festival June 13, 2014 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Cynthia Hill, executive producer Gloria Steinem, and film subjects Kit Gruelle and Deanna Walters Moderated by Liesl Gerntholtz, director Women’s Rights division, Human Rights Watch.


Swedish Delegation Studies WIVP’s Four Year “Sioux City Project

Team Sweden in Sioux City, Iowa in April

Team Sweden in Sioux City, Iowa in April

Fifteen Swedish authorities from national agencies on education, law enforcement, public health and social care, youth affairs, and domestic and sexual violence coalitions traveled to Sioux City in early April to participate in the annual Mentors In Violence Prevention annual high school  summit April 7, 2014 <Read More…>


“Private Violence” Honored with True Life Award at True/False Film Fest

"Private Violence" director Cynthia Hill in Columbia, Missouri for True/False Film Fest

“Private Violence” director Cynthia Hill in Columbia, Missouri for True/False Film Fest

WIVP supported “Private Violence” was honored to receive the True False Film Festival “True Life” Award. In 2007, the True/False Film Fest attempted to highlight and address this reality by establishing the True Life Fund, which raises and awards money to one or more on-camera subjects of a film screened during each year’s festival. “Private Violence,” a documentary about domestic violence, will be highlighted as this year’s True Life Fund recipient film. <Read More…>


“Private Violence” Premiers at Sundance Film Festival January 19th

“Private Violence” was thrilled to receive the following news in late 2013… “Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26. Among the 16 films announced for the U.S. Documentary Competition at the festival was WIVP-supported “Private Violence.” <Read More…>