Introduced by the Center in 2008, the goal of the END Violence Project is to create long lasting and systemic change in our school communities so that ALL children feel safe, welcome, and supported. The END Violence Project is a collaborative effort incorporating the work of five partner agencies, each with strong histories of working on violence prevention initiatives with diverse audiences.
END Violence is a child and youth-centered program that addresses domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking with ECE-12th grade schools, students, their families and communities. Schools participating in the END Violence Project develop the capacity to build a comprehensive, sustainable and effective response to gender-based violence.
The END Violence Project aims to better equip school personnel to identify children and youth (students) who have been exposed to, or have experienced, domestic and sexual Assault and facilitate access to both intervention services for victims and prevention education services for all students. By so doing, students will receive help, challenging behaviors (often trauma responses) will be minimized, and the educational environment will be enhanced for all students. Our END Violence Specialist provides training on gender-based violence to all school personnel and a multi-disciplinary team will be developed and supported with additional training to build skills for response that they can maintain and teach others over time. Each team will be equipped, with guidance from the END Violence Specialist, to develop school-wide, trauma-informed policies and protocols that will allow for a sustainable model of response moving forward.
Services to four Denver Public Schools were completed in the fall of 2016. In the spring of 2017, END Violence began serving three new schools representing 1375 students and approximately 150 school administrators and staff.