About the Office of Interpersonal Violence Prevention
The mission of the Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program (IVPP) 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, The Office transitioned from the Division of Academic Affairs 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.
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 its 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.
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.