The Center on Violence and Recovery partners and collaborates with and provides technical assistance to organizations and programs across the United States and globally working in the areas of violence, trauma and restoration. Below are some of these organizations. Technical assistance includes consultation in program development, research and design implementation, curriculum development and training.

Intimate Partner and Family Violence

University of Utah Criminal Justice Center


Since 2010 CVR has partnered with the Utah Criminal Justice Center on National Science Foundation and National Institute of Justice-funded grants. The Utah Criminal Justice Center is a collaborative partnership between the University of Utah and the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice that supports interdisciplinary research, teaching, and training in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice. The Center works toward reducing crime and victimization, inspiring sound public policy and fair treatment in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and providing a model of higher education that promotes good governance through independent, non-partisan research and innovative programs.


Circles of Peace (Circulos de Paz)


Construyendo Circulos de Paz/Constructing Circles of Peace, co-founded in 2004 by Dr. Linda Mills and Nogales Justice Court Judge, Mary Helen Maley, was the first domestic violence treatment program in the country to utilize a restorative justice approach to reduce violent behavior in families. In 2008, Construyendo Circulos de Paz/Constructing Circles of Peace was named one of the Top 50 Innovations in Government by the Ash Institute at Harvard Kennedy School. The Circles of Peace program was a part of a National Science Foundation-funded study of treatment programs for domestic violence offenders. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology in 2013. For more information please visit, call 520-281-0579 or email Email to order a complimentary copy of the Circles of Peace documentary and read more about how to bring Circles to your community.


Against Domestic Violence Learning Center


In 2012, CVR staff were invited to Taiwan by the Against Domestic Violence Learning Center to present at their national conference and conduct two multi-day workshops. The Against Domestic Violence Learning Center is responsible for professional training and promotion of domestic violence prevent in alliance with the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Committee of the Ministry of the Interior. CVR staff provided training on restorative justice and the Circles of Peace model to more than 500 Taiwanese social workers.


The Family Transformation Model


Ramsey County Public Health and The Jewish Domestic Abuse Collaborative (a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) and Jewish Family Service of St. Paul), have teamed up to look at new ways of intervening and preventing family abuse and violence. Bringing together a diverse group of professionals and integrating the public health approach of community prevention and individual and family intervention services, a community partnership was created and the Family Transformation Model was developed.  

The Family Transformation Model provides fresh insight into what we all need to live in peaceful relationships with others. It offers a new perspective that can help people affected by family violence find or rediscover core elements of health within themselves and their relationships. This model acknowledges the humanity within all people and the capacity of everyone to change and grow, even those who harm the ones they love. If you would like more information on the model and/or the community partnership please contact Donald Gault or Betsy Sitkoff.


Tikvah at OHEL


Tikvah at OHEL is a multilingual service that uses Healing Circles principles to help members of the Jewish community who have emotional, family, or educational problems. OHEL’s medical and education professionals have extensive experience working with Jewish communities, and rabbinical consultation is available. Counseling and resources are available for many issues, from disputes within the family to genocide recovery. With the assistance of CVR, Tikvah created a Healing Circle pilot program for eligible families.


Sakhi for South Asian Women


Sakhi for South Asian Women combats domestic violence in the South Asian community by employing Healing Circles and other programs to bring together survivors, communities, and institutions. Sakhi, a word which means “woman friend,” provides multilingual and culturally sensitive resources in a variety of ways: service delivery, community engagement, media advocacy, and policy initiatives. With the assistance of CVR, Sakhi engaged in a Healing Circle pilot program.


Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies (2005-2008)


New York University's Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies program offers faculty and scholars “a space for critical inquiry into all of the theoretical, critical, and clinical aspects of the analysis and treatment of trauma, violence, and their aftermath.” TVTS is rooted in many of the same theoretical frameworks and research interests as the Center on Violence and Recovery, and the two organizations co-sponsored events and projects to further our mutual understanding of  violence and trauma.


Community Violence

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School


Since 2013 CVR has consulted with administrators, teachers and students at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx, NY to envision and implement restorative practices in their school community. The fundamental aim of Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School is to teach students to use their minds well and prepare them to live productive, socially useful, and personally satisfying lives. The school’s academic program stresses intellectual development and political and social involvement in our society. More information on the school can be found on their website.


Free at Last


Free At Last provides community-based bilingual treatment, intervention, and prevention services. The organization fights against substance abuse, HIV infection, and violence. For those struggling with addiction, family problems, or incarceration, Free At Last embraces a new model of recovery — “in the community, by the community and for the community.” The organization oversees a variety of services, including street outreach, intensive outpatient programs, residential treatment programs for both men and women (with and without children), and transitional sober living facilities.


No More Tears, San Quentin Prison


No More Tears endeavors to curb violence and detrimental behaviors within targeted communities by utilizing the specialized knowledge and experience of former perpetrators of violence and crime. These former perpetrators hold themselves accountable to bring solutions to the communities where they once had contributed to the problems.


Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance


Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance is a volunteer peer support network exclusively dedicated to providing a confidential, safe and supportive environment for police officers and their families. The POPPA Organization helps families and individuals cope more effectively with the multitude of stresses inherent in the law enforcement profession. POPPA volunteers are dedicated to the prevention and reduction of marital problems, substance abuse, and suicide, as well as existing psychological disorders among officers and their families. CVR and POPPA provided technical assistance to the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes — these efforts addressed peer support program development, fundraising, training, and long-term goals and challenges to implementation. For more information on POPPA, call 212.298.9111.