Initiated in 2003 with funding from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sustained with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center developed the PREVENT Program (Preventing Violence through Education, Networking and Technical Assistance) to encourage primary prevention using evidence-based approaches.
Our goal was to prompt practitioners working in the field of violence to employ and enhance the evidence base for prevention, drawing on sound planning and evaluation methods. The PREVENT Institute, an intensive training program developed by PREVENT, engages multi-organizational, interdisciplinary teams from states, communities, and organizaitons, and is designed to build participants' organizational and policy-level partnerships to plan, implement, and evaluate violence prevention strategies.
Since its inception in October 2003, PREVENT has trained more than 900 violence practitioners in teams from 44 states in the United States and Canada in the primary prevention of violence.
Teams have implemented projects focused on the primary prevention of all types of violence including: child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and suicide and youth violence.
Projects have addressed community, statewide and national level prevention plans. These teams have included members from federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Army and the Indian Health Service.