Our mission is to promote healthy young families and healthy young adults by advancing evidence-based violence prevention through a range of education, research, & training activities. Our partners and collaborators include multiple universities and community-based agencies serving our most vulnerable populations.


Launched in August 2009 with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1R49CE001510-01), the Center is the only one of its kind to be housed in a school of social work. We partner with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and teachers representing multiple universities, and collaborate with community-based agencies already serving our most vulnerable populations.

Our butterfly represents transformation and symbolizes the developmental aspect of our mission. We incorporate the colors most frequently used by organizations addressing:

  • child abuse and neglect (blue)
  • intimate partner violence (purple)
  • sexual violence (teal)
  • suicide (yellow)