Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program

About the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program

The mission of the Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program (IVPP) is to enhance the quality of life of students through survivor advocacy and campus-wide education and training to reduce the campus and life impacts of dating, domestic and intimate partner violence, sexual assault and harassment and stalking.

Use of a Trauma-Informed Approach

The use of a trauma-informed approach is critical to being able to support victims/survivors. A trauma-informed approach means that students can expect that the approach of service providers is guided by an understanding of how trauma impacts behaviors and awareness of victimization. Our trauma-informed approach takes this factor into account by providing training to our campus and community partners on what it means to utilize a trauma-informed approach and to consistently monitor how we provide these services to victims/survivors.

Training and Workshops

New Student Orientation – IVPP conducts initial training for all new students and faculty at the beginning of each semester. This training serves as an introduction to the program, its services, and training offerings.

Bystander Intervention Training – Bystander training occurs bi-annually and supports community members' ability to act against attitudes or behaviors that support violence, provide help when they see behavior that puts others at risk, and, take steps to safely and effectively intervene when possible.

To connect with IVPP, please email

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Request a Workshop or Training

IVPP facilitates trainings and workshops across the University. If you would like to request a workshop or training for your area, please use the IVPP Training & Workshop Request Form linked below.

Request Form

Programs, Trainings, and Initiatives

HU Stands

Launched in 2018, HU Stands is a social and health awareness and action campaign designed to Raise Awareness, Provoke Advocacy, and Take Action against sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence on our campus. Join us in this commitment to foster and maintain an academic and work environment that is free of sexual assault by keeping abreast of campus violence prevention initiatives and taking the HU Stands pledge.

The Clothesline Project at Howard University

Internationally, The Clothesline Project serves as a visual installation to commemorate the effects of violence against women and survivors of interpersonal violence. Participants in the project design and decorate a T-shirt to acknowledge the violence experienced by themselves or a loved one. New shirts join the display a few days after they are dried/completed. The Howard project began in 2014 and currently has over 60 shirts. Howard hosts the program in October and April of each academic year. (The Clothesline Project, 2022)

Denim Day HU

As the longest-running sexual violence prevention and education campaign in history, Denim Day asks community members, elected officials, businesses, and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence. Learn more here.

Volunteer With Us

Support campus efforts to create a campus free of sexual assault. Complete our volunteer form to receive more information regarding opportunities to support IVPP programs and initiatives. Students seeking to volunteer can submit their contact information here

Bison Safe App

Download the Bison Safe App to use the Friend Walk feature, send a safety tip, and receive emergency alert notifications

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Campus-Based Resources

Howard University Title IX Office

Phone: (202)806-2550


Location: Mordecai Wayatt Johnson Administration Building, Suite G06
2400 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059

Department of Public Safety 

Emergency phone: (202)806-7777

Non-emergency phone: (202)806-1100

Location: Department of Public Safety
2244 10th Street NW, Suite 270, Washington, D.C. 20059

University Counseling Service

Phone: (202)806-6870


Location: 2401 4th street NW Tubman Quad Ground Level (entrance under the blue awning)

Student Health Center

Phone: (202)806-7540 

Fax: (202)806-7416


Schedule an appointment here or by calling the phone number above.

Location: HU Student Health Center/Medical Arts Building

2139 Georgia Avenue, NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20059

University Chaplain

Phone: (202)806-7280

Fax: (202)806-4641


Local/DMV-Based Resources

DC Rape Crisis Center

DC Coalition to End Sexual Violence

My Sister's Place - Crisis and transitional housing, legal aid

DC Center for the LGBT Community - individual and group mental health support services for adult LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, abuse and trauma in the District of Columbia.

Legal Services and Aid

DC Safe - Speak to an advocate | seek community resources


Legal Aid [NEED LINK]


National Hotlines and Resources