Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began studying patterns of violence in 1980. In 1992, CDC established the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) as the lead federal agency for violence prevention. The Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) is one of three divisions within NCIPC. DVP is committed to stopping violence before it begins and supports this goal through:

  • Monitoring violence-related injuries
  • Conducting research on the factors that put people at risk or protect them from violence
  • Creating and evaluating the effectiveness of violence prevention programs
  • Helping state and local partners plan, implement, and evaluate prevention programs
  • Conducting research on the effective adoption and dissemination of prevention strategies

As with other public health problems, CDC addresses sexual violence using a systematic process called the public health approach. This approach has four steps: define the problem, identify risk and protective factors, develop and test prevention strategies, and assure widespread adoption of prevention principles and strategies.

The NSVRC works in collaboration with the CDC-funded projects listed below as part of a network focusing on violence prevention to ensure a more comprehensive strategy for service provision in the United States.

Access the latest news about injury prevention from the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. These updates include general announcements, new publications, information for grantees, new funding announcements, job announcements and trainings of interest.