With the recent COVID-19 and ensuing crisis, we are mobilizing for action to ensure the difficulties that many of our families and community members face are mitigated as much as possible. We are creating solutions that are in line with the WHO and CDC recommendations.  
Current Initiatives  

COVID-19 Community Collaborative Meetings

COVID Community Collaborative Meetings are held every two weeks. For up-to-date information on times and virtual meeting links, please visit us here.



18-Week Healthy Relationship Texting Campaign

The Center for Violence Prevention has created an 18-week Healthy Relationship Texting Campaign that includes information and national resources about healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be inequities faced by members of our communities, especially those who are isolated. If you or someone you know is in a harmful relationship, please use or share this free resource. To sign up, text the word CONNECT to the short phone number 37420.

El Centro de Prevención a la Violencia ha creado una campaña de mensajes de textos por 18-semanas sobre las Relaciones Saludables la cual incluye información y recursos nacionales sobre las relaciones saludables, no-saludables y abusivas. Durante la pandemia del COVID-19 habrá desigualdades enfrentadas por miembros en nuestras comunidades, especialmente aquellos que se encuentren aislados. Si usted o alguien que usted conoce se encuentra en una relación dañina , por favor utilice o comparta este recurso gratuito. Para suscribirse, envíe un texto con la palabra CONECTAR al numero corto 37420.

Relationship Campaign

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Project

The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented crisis for agencies providing services to survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking and survivors themselves across the state of Texas and throughout the United States. The Coronavirus Safety project fills the gap in available knowledge by generating multi-state data on available services for survivors of interpersonal violence; explore perceptions of service-providers on meeting the needs of survivors; and identify innovative programs and practices in service delivery to survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study assesses the safety and needs of service providers working with survivors of interpersonal violence, and survivors during the Coronavirus pandemic through a brief survey and follow-up interviews. This project seeks to provide vital information to service agencies, stakeholders, and survivors in Texas and beyond. Specifically, the project answers:

  1. How is the Coronavirus pandemic impacting agencies focused on violence prevention and intervention?
  2. What are the strategies being used to prevent and mitigate the impact of violence?
  3. What are the safety and resource-related needs of violence survivors and the staff who work with them during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Questions or want to learn more? Contact Leila Wood, PhD at leiwood@utmb.edu

To see our first project brief here on violence prevention and intervention staff experiences, Click here.

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