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Iowa Mentors in Violence Prevention students

Sioux City Violence Prevention Project on NPR
NPR 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.


WIVP Partner Works with NFL To Address Gender Violence


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell August 2014

As a result of the uproar over player Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident recently,  The NFL will increase its penalties for players involved in future domestic violence cases, Commissioner Roger Goodell informed team owners in a letter August 28. The toughened penalties came after the league and Goodell received widespread criticism for the two-game suspension given to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for his involvement in a domestic violence case earlier this year <Read more…


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…>