ND Violence Prevention Program

NDVPPThe Violence Prevention Program began as a community planning and coalition building process that engaged individuals and organizational stakeholders from seven North Dakota communities in developing a plan to prevent violence. With a shared purpose of creating communities free of intimate partner violence, the Violence Prevention Program was formed.

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This program is made possible through grant funds provided by Catholic Health Initiatives’ Mission and Ministry Fund with the purpose of supporting innovative projects designed to improve the health of a community.

Learn more about the Mission and Ministry Fund’s violence prevention initiative by clicking here.

Why Intimate Partner Violence Prevention


Communities across North Dakota have seen a rise in the number of domestic violence incidents in recent years. Click here for more information on domestic violence statistics in North Dakota. The Violence Prevention Program recognized this as an opportunity to enhance the way intimate partner violence is addressed within our communities.  A collaborative initiative was formed with help from local partners and national experts to increase awareness and prevention of intimate partner violence.

Program Goals and Objectives


The Violence Prevention Program hopes to achieve a 15 to 20 percent reduction in domestic violence related incidents in communities served by 2018. For a detailed breakdown of our goals by community click here.

The Violence Prevention Program will achieve these goals by using a dual approach. 

  1. Building Community and Organizational Capacity
    • Enhancing referral networks and increasing awareness of intimate partner violence
    • Teaching local Community Outreach Leaders how to train professionals in many fields to incorporate intimate partner violence prevention efforts into their existing work 
  2. Educating Individuals
    • Training local facilitators in Within My Reach, an evidence-based curriculum that promotes developing healthy relationships and decision-making skills to educate individuals in their communities

Program Activities


Spotlight on Intimate Partner Violence Summit
This statewide summit is a great opportunity for individuals to learn more about intimate partner violence, prevention basics and how to get involved and become part of the solution. Presentations are provided by CAWS North Dakota and Futures Without Violence. CHI Violence Prevention Coordinators and Administration, Members of CHI Violence Prevention Coalitions, Community Outreach Leaders, Within My Reach Facilitators, community partners, organizational leaders and interested community members are encouraged to attend.

TrainingTrain the Trainer Event: Reaching Professionals
Providing training to Community Outreach Leaders is integral to ensuring quality information and best practices in the field of intimate partner violence prevention are shared with professionals in a variety of fields. This statewide event series is open to Community Outreach Leaders and others; training topics are determined based on need and interest. This training equips Community Outreach Leaders with the tools and knowledge necessary to successfully hold trainings geared toward professionals in their communities. Curriculum and materials are provided by Futures Without Violence.

Community Outreach Workshops
Local community outreach workshops enhance each professional’s knowledge on intimate partner violence prevention techniques, screening tools and recommended referral procedures. Training content was developed in partnership with Futures Without Violence and can be tailored to meet the needs of each audience. Community Outreach Workshops are free and available upon request.

Train the Trainer Event: Within My Reach
The Violence Prevention Program provides statewide training specifically for Within My Reach Facilitators. Within My Reach Facilitators will participate in an intensive, three-day experiential training taught by Master Trainers from PREP, Inc. Facilitators will be well-equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary to teach Within My Reach workshops geared toward individuals in their respective communities.

Within My Reach Community Workshops
Local Within My Reach workshops are participant-driven and flexible in format; comprised of 15 units, each requiring about one hour of teaching time, this curricula covers a variety of healthy relationship topics.

Unit topics include:

  • The State of Relationships Today
  • Healthy Relationships: What They Are and What They Aren’t
  • Sliding versus Deciding
  • Smart Love
  • Knowing Yourself First
  • Making Your Own Decisions
  • Dangerous Patterns in Relationships
  • Where Conflict Begins
  • Smart Communication
  • The Speaker Listener Technique
  • Infidelity, Distrust, and Forgiveness
  • Commitment: Why it Matters to Adults and Children
  • Stepfamilies and the Significance of Fathers
  • Making the Tough Decisions
  • Reaching Into Your Future

Communities We Serve


ND Violence Protection ProgramBismarck
CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Medical Center
900 East Broadway Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501
701.530.4973 or 701.530.4974

CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center
800 N.  Fourth Street
Carrington, ND 58421
701.652.7218 or 701.652.7248

Devils Lake
CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital
1031 7th Street NE
Devils Lake, ND  58301
701.662.9627 or 701.662.9626

CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center
2500 Fairway Street
Dickinson, ND 58601
701.456.4287 or 701.456.4292

CHI Lisbon Health
905 Main St.
Lisbon, ND 58054
701.683.6416 or 701.683.6417

CHI Oakes Hospital
1200 North 7th Street
Oakes, ND 58474
701.742.3837 or 701.742.3634

Valley City
CHI Mercy Health
570 Chautauqua Blvd.
Valley City, ND  58072

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center
1301 15th Avenue West
Williston, ND 58801



  • Program Hosts Summit & Training – March 2016
  • Violence Prevention on ND Today – Feb. 2016
  • Grant Awarded for Intimate Partner Violence Prevention – Dec. 2015

Get Involved


Contact Us


Veronica Zietz
Director, Violence Prevention
701-530-4973 or Email

Partner Organizations


CAWS North Dakota
is the statewide sexual assault and domestic violence coalition, supporting and presenting a unified voice for the 20 crisis intervention centers across the state.


For more than 30 years Futures Without Violence has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world.


PREP, Inc. developed Within My Reach, a skills-based program with concrete tools that help participants control their own relationships in a way that will lead to more enriching, more satisfying interactions with the people that matter in their lives. This curriculum is for individuals who are single or in relationships.