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 […]
Swedish Delegation Studies WIVP’s Four Year “Sioux City Project”
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.
“Private Violence” Honored with True Life Award at 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 […]
“Private Violence” Premieres at Sundance Film Festival January 19th
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> 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.” Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance […]
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their short list of possible nominees in the Documentary Feature category at the 85th annual Academy Awards. Lee Hirsch’s “Bully” was among those on the list. “Bully,” a film about the phenomenon of teenage bullying, was distributed by the Weinstein Company and battled with the MPAA […]
Over 6,000 LA Students Attend “Bully” Screening Event
Over 6,000 students representing 49 schools from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) attended a screening of Bully at LA’s Nokia Center. The film screening was also attended by LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAUSD superintendent John Deasy and Bully filmmaker Lee Hirsch. After the screening, a town hall style discussion was held. Hirsch led the […]
Having invested in primary prevention of violence since the 1990’s, the Waitt Foundation announced the creation, in 2005, of the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention. To further imbed and research our initiatives in relationship violence, school bullying, and workplace bullying over time, we looked to the beginnings of “boots on the ground” pilot programs happening already with our hometown community of Sioux City, Iowa.
With access that only comes with long term trusted local partnerships, and the guidance of national partners, we slowly expanded these programs to create seamless violence prevention initiatives pre-k through 12, and built up efforts throughout the community to support this. Although we began implementation of bystander programs (MVP) in 2000, in our pilot school, and followed with two other high schools in the next few years we escalated our efforts starting in 2006 and 2007, and began yearly surveys of over 5,000 students in 2008. By 2011, all school buildings k-12 had violence and bullying prevention curriculum.
What we have learned over the years is summarized in the Power Point, the 2011 White Paper written by Dr. Alan Heisterkamp and Dr. Michael Fleming, the film clips by Lee Hirsch, Astrea Productions and Markay Media, and a short video bt Natalie Heisterkamp, a former Mentors in Violence Prevention leader and mentor.