Netflix, who acquired “Audrie and Daisy” out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, released a new trailer for the high school sexual assault and cyberbullying documentary, “Audrie and Daisy”. WIVP, with partners Futures without Violence, was part of the initial conversations that led to the development of the film, directed by the award winning team […]
The “Private Violence” film team partnered with the American Bar Association on this important short video about navigating the justice system. We thank them for their hard work and hope this will be a great help to survivors, as well as legal and law enforcement professionals. Here is the video https://www.facebook.com/Waitt-Institute-for-Violence-Prevention-21641005582/videos
WIVP sponsored Actual Films documentary “Audrie and Daisy” premiered at Sundance January 25th, 2016. The high school sexual assault and cyber bullying film garnered both positive reviews and audience reaction. The film will premiere mid 2016 on Netflix. See more here. http://www.audrieanddaisy.com/ From Variety “Like Kirby Dick’s recent “The Invisible War” and “The Hunting Ground,” “Audrie & […]
WIVP sponsored documentary “Private Violence” won top honors for “Best Television Documentary” at the 9th annual Cinema Eye Honors awards in New York City January 13, 2016. See more here http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/2016-cinema-eye-awards-winners-855709
Actual Films new documentary “Audrie and Daisy” will premiere this January 2016 at the Sundance Film Festival in the category of U.S. Documentary Competition. Waitt Institute began their partnership with Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, directors and producers in late 2013 during the critical development and pre- production phase of the film and have remained […]
One of the questions raised and discussed by the WIVP supported HBO documentary Private Violence was the age old question, why doesn’t she just leave? After the NFL Ray Rice domestic violence case, this question was asked over and over by a public who didn’t understand the dynamics of domestic abuse. Many brave voices came out on social […]
Both Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention supported documentaries “Bully” and “Private Violence” were announced as Emmy nominees July 22nd, 2015. “Private Violence” and “Bully” were both nominated in the Outstanding Informational Programming – Long-Form category and “Bully” received an additional nomination for Best Documentary. The 36th annual award ceremony will take place at Lincoln Center in […]
Long time WIVP Partner Futures without Violence, in partnership with the Ad Council, kicked off a new campaign this June called “Teach Early”. The campaign is part of a long term commitment on the part of Futures to engage men and boys in violence prevention. Our partnership with Futures began in 2000, when we co […]
A civil case brought by the family of Audrie Pott, the 15 year old girl who took her own life following a sexual assault by her high school peers, has been settled. In an unprecedented move, one condition of the settlement is that the three boys who assaulted Audrie be interviewed for the upcoming WIVP […]
WIVP Partner Futures Without Violence to Train MLB
TAMPA, Fla. – Statistics are supposed to be meaningless in spring training. But Saturday, on a gray, rainy morning at Steinbrenner Field, the Yankees were exposed to numbers that could not be more important, more critical. In some cases, they can be a matter of life and death. See more below http://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/david-lennon/mlb-learns-from-nfl-s-mistake-implementing-domestic-violence-education-program-1.9990592
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 […]
NFL Controversy Propels “Coaching Boys into Men” Into Spotlight
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 […]
WIVP Partner Works with NFL To Address Gender Violence
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 Thursday. The toughened penalties came after the league and Goodell received widespread criticism for the two-game suspension given to […]
NPR’s Morning Edition recently explored the power of the peer group in discussing campus rape. The eight minute long piece focused on the strength of bystander programs and pointed to early intervention as a possible strategy. What if that silence could be broken before college — as early as high school? At a few high schools in Sioux […]
“Private Violence” Opens Human Rights Watch Film Festival
“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 […]
Governor Terry Branstad visiting our WIVP MVP pilot school to observe and congratulate school on efforts.
For the past 15 years, the Waitt Foundation and now the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention have supported the Mentors in Violence Prevention programs in Sioux City High Schools and middle schools.
MVP is a gender based anti- violence and bullying curriculum implemented in public schools and pioneered by Jackson Katz. Katz was a pioneer of the “bystander” approach, now widely touted as a key strategy in changing school culture. Sioux City now has the highest concentration of MVP programs in the country.
Mentors in Violence Prevention played a key role in the 5 year “Sioux City Project”. Several surveys have been done by Dr. Heisterkamp. See those studies here.
Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa announced an anti bullying initiative in February 2015. The state will pilot and study Mentors in Violence Prevention, first introduced in Iowa by WIVP at Sioux City West High, in middle and high schools. Link here.
The latest 2014 student survey, done by Dr. Heisterkamp, asked 9th grade students at a Sioux City school using Mentors in Violence Prevention about the likelihood of their intervening in bullying and relationship violence situations, at the beginning of the school year, prior to training, and at the end of the school year. Results are at the bottom of the page below:
Mentors in Violence Prevention Sioux City high school leaders 2014
Kids summit April 2014
Dr. Heisterkamp has done trainings in Scotland and in Sweden. There is a news item on the old site that tells about the Swedish delegation coming to Sioux City to study the violence prevention programming, and they’ve now begun implementing in their countries.
At the start of the school year, if I saw a student at my school was... Today, if I SEE a student at my school is...
Would have done something (%Yes)
Will do something (%Yes)
Sexually harassing a student
Calling another student a derogatory name
Making fun of a gay or lesbian student
Hurting another student physically
Taking advantage of a student sexually
Picking on or bullying another student
Using the internet/cellphone to degrade or harass another student with words or pictures
Pressuring his/her girlfriend/boyfriend to do something sexually she/he doesn’t want to do
Pressuring his/her girlfriend/boyfriend to send him/her nude photos
Keeping his/her girlfriend/boyfriend from spending time with friends
Checking on the whereabouts of his/her girlfriend/boyfriend—trying to keep track of her/his whereabouts and what she/he is doing
Calling his/her girlfriend/boyfriend mean and derogatory names with the intent to hurt
Doing something to his/her girlfriend/boyfriend that might hurt physically
Doing something to his/her girlfriend/boyfriend that might hurt emotionally
Doing something to his/her girlfriend that might hurt socially with friends