Violence Prevention

It is our goal to live in a world free of violence. We deliver numerous prevention programs in Bremer, Butler, and Chickasaw Counties. To schedule a presentation of any of the programs below, or on a special topic, contact Nicole Brennan at or 319-352-1108 extension 115.


Intimate Partner Violence Programs

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a pattern of intentional, violent behaviors (including physical, sexual, and verbal attacks) that adults or adolescents use against their partners to gain power and control. Partner violence is a learned behavior and can be prevented through education.

Coaching Boys Into Men
Who: High School and College Athletes

Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) is a violence prevention curriculum utilizing the influence athletes have in school to create a safer community. The program teaches athletes to respect all of the women and girls in their lives. The program can be adapted for female CBIMathletes. Coaches attend a one-hour training to prepare them to implement the curriculum. The team spends 15 minutes each week discussing concepts and skills.


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Who: Middle and High School Students

Safe Dates is an evidence-based dating abuse prevention program that deals with attitudes and behaviors associated with violence. The goals of the presentations are to raise awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive relationships, the causes and consequences of abuse, and provide resources for victims. The program has a wide variety of activities to engage students and allow them to both process content and practice new skills.


Victim Counselor TrainingAdvocate Training
Who: College Students & Community Members

To be certified to work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, we offer an intensive 30-hour training on intimate partner violence. After the training, participants are able to become a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate and work with victims. This training is intended for individuals who work with or volunteer at our agency and is offered twice a year.


Child Sexual Abuse Programs

Child sexual abuse consists of any sexual activity with a child – including non-touching activities such as pornography or online communication. Prevention programs teach children how to recognize inappropriate behavior and tell a trusted adult. Our adult prevention programs inform professionals and community members how to proactively respond if they suspect abuse.

TF&SSThink First & Stay Safe
Who: Elementary Students

Think First & Stay Safe (TF&SS) is a personal safety program designed for students in grades Pre-K through 6. Each presentation is developmentally appropriate with content and activities. While it is important to arm youngsters with personal safety strategies, it is also essential to reassure them that most people are good and kind. TF&SS teaches children that it is a crime for anyone to cross over the line from affection to abuse. They learn a safety plan to respond to inappropriate behavior and tell at trusted adult.

Stewards of Childrend2L
Who: Professionals and Community Members

Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. For every adult trained in Stewards of Children, 10 kids are better protected from abuse.


Bullying Programs

Bullying is the intentional and ongoing mistreatment of another person physically, verbally, emotionally, or sexually. Bullying is a learned behavior and can be changed. Bullying isn’t about anger, it’s about feeling others are worthless or undeserving of respect. Bullying starts in adolescence and lasts into adulthood. Bullying is not normal social behavior and should not be tolerated.

Bully Proof
Who: Pre-K and Elementary School

Bullying develops in adolescence, but programs can provide students with the skills to stand up for themselves and accept diversity to prevent bullying behaviors in the future. Bully Proof teaches young children to build self-confidence and respect others. Older children learn the types of bullies, bullying behavior, and how to be an active bystander.

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)
Who: Middle and High School StudentsMVP photo

MVP is a violence and bullying prevention program that encourages middle and high school students to become leaders in their school and community. The training encourages students to be active bystanders and empowers students to make their school a better place. During sessions, students role-play reponses to bullying, harassment, and violence.

Owning Up
Who: Middle and High Schoolowning up photo

Developed by Rosemary Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, Owning Up holds separate sessions for males and females to address the unique concerns of each gender. The program is designed to help students identify and discuss behaviors and attitudes associated with school climate, understand how emotions can influence behavior, and develop strategies to communicate positively during a conflict. The program also defines cyberbullying and sexual harassment.

Active Bystander Training
Who: Community Members

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family’s Active Bystander Training discusses the common reasons people do not engage when they witness violence or bullying. Through activities and discussion, participants learn strategies to proactively intervene on behalf of victims. This program can be modified to address the specific needs of organizations.


Community Awareness Programs

Building strong communities and healthy families is key to ending violence. Cedar Valley Friends of the Family can offer trainings and information sessions on a variety of topics.

Strengthening Families Program (SFP 10-14)
Who: Parents and their children ages 10-14

Strengthening Families Program is a seven-week evidence-based program for parents and their children. Children in families who have attended SFP 10-14 are less likely to experiment with drugs and are more resistant to peer pressure. Each week, parents learn positive skills to interact with their children. Youth gain empathy for their parents and learn coping skills. For more information on SFP 10-14, visit

Connections Matter
Who: Community Members and Organizations

A curriculum written by scientist and expert on brain development, Dr. Linda Chamberlain, Connections Matter is a 50-minute introduction to the impact of trauma on children and adults. The program is meant to empower participants to make connections with people in their lives to ensure the well-being of every individual. For more information about the Connections Matter movement, visit

To schedule a presentation for your class, work place, or community event please contact:

Nicole Brennan

Phone: 319-352-1108  extension 115 (Waverly Office)