Office of Interpersonal Violence Prevention (IVPP)

About the Office of Interpersonal Violence Prevention

Mission Statement

The role of the Office of Interpersonal Violence Prevention (IVPP) at Howard University is to enhance the quality of life of students at Howard University by providing on-campus, survivor advocacy, crisis management, and campus-wide training, education, and opportunities for interpersonal skill development in the effort to reduce/eliminate the campus and life impacts of dating, domestic and intimate partner violence, sexual assault and harassment and stalking. 

The Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program (IVPP) was established in 2008 by Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley, mental health clinician, researcher, and Professor Emeritus of the Howard University School of Social Work, with financial support from the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women.

In 2016, IVPP became the Office of Interpersonal Violence Prevention, a sustained unit within the University infrastructure. In 2020, shortly after the onset of COVID-19, IVPP transitioned from the Office of the Provost to the Division of Student Affairs to better align student support services that ensure students with experiences of interpersonal violence, have the support they need to find healing and continue matriculation until graduation.

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.

Community Engagement; Building Healthy Relationship Approaches

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 its training offerings.

Bystander Intervention Training – Bystander Intervention Training provides an environment practice recognizing, strategizing, and interrupting harmful training that 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.

** The Next 2-Day Bystander Intervention Training will be held o Mon. February 26th & Wednesday February 28, 2024, from 5:30 PM -7 PM. Register here or on Engage.

Developing Healthy Relationship Skills - IVPP generates ongoing opportunities for students to learn and have conversations about communication, intimacy & sexual health, personal agency and body autonomy, and more. 

For Direct Services

  • If you or someone else are in imminent danger, call 911.
  • Connect to the IVPP Advocate Specialist by calling or texting 202-836-1401 (accessible 24/7 with limited capacity)
  • Students can email our office at to schedule appointments or receive more information.
  • IVPP represents Howard University on the DC Sexual Assault Response Team (DC SART). If you or someone you know needs to seek DC-based crisis or direct services for Sexual Assault, The DC Victim Hotline is available for all crime victims in the District of Columbia. The hotline number is 844-4-HELP-DC (844-443-5732) and is operational 24/7. There is also an online chat option. The hotline victim assistance staff provides basic crisis-intervention support and helps callers access the complete continuum of care for crime victims, including relevant and appropriate resources based on the needs of the caller.

For Programs and Events

  • The campus community and external partners can contact IVPP about programs and initiatives via our main number (202-806-5113) or by emailing us at
  • Program and Training Requests can also be submitted directly to our Training, Workshop & Speaker Event Request Form.
  • IVPP can also be contacted through Engage, the information management system for campus student organizations.

On Social (Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)

  • Due to the nature of Social Media accounts, IVPP will not readily engage in requests for direct services through social but will direct social media users who are seeking services to call, text, or schedule an appointment with our office.

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, & 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.

Volunteer With our Colleagues and Partners

The University Counseling Service is a frequent programming collaborator with IVPP. UCS is seeking student volunteers to support programs and campus mental health initiatives. Students with an interest in community mental health programming can sign up to support UCS campus outreach through this hyperlink.

 HU Sexual Assault & Community Equity (HU SPACE)

Join IVPP in a novel approach to sexual violence prevention – one grounded in a broad commitment to equity, empathy, and empowering communities like Howard University, to work together toward our shared goal of campus equity. Learn more about the working group's approach by clicking the link above.

Signing Up:

If you are a student, Sign up here.

Faculty and Teaching Staff can register for our next sessions (Session 1: Tuesday, January 30th, 2024, and Session 2: Wednesday, January 31st, 2024) by signing up here.

Bison Safe App

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

Download Here


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

National Hotlines and Resources

Toolkits & Readings for Parents & Guardians

Family & Friends Toolkit for Supporting a Loved One After Sexual Violence