Hosted by Prevention at the Intersections, the Violence Prevention Strategies program is recruiting for its 16th cohort, in its 11th year. 

Below is additional information to help you get an idea of what you'll get out of the program. 

The curriculum is designed for individuals with 1-5 years experience, some formal education, and/or other training in organizing or advocacy. We prioritize directly impacted people and those and those who have witnessed social injustices.

The themes of the program are listed below. The program is organized in five modules that include lectures, guest presentations, coaching, and stewardship of your individual or group projects.

  1. Historical & Contemporary Roots of Community & Institutional Violence
  2. Introduction to Community Development and the Field of Violence Prevention
  3. Intervention Strategies and Building Transformative Responses
  4. Intersectionality Policy-Based Analysis: Understanding the Impacts of violence
  5. Career and Leadership Development in Violence Prevention

Program Perks

  • 20 hours of training and project support
  • Rigorous and accessible curriculum & professional support
  • Mentor Matching and networking opportunities
  • Participate and/or present at the 2021 Violence Prevention Conference - Link for registration: 
  • Invitation to participate in Regional Briefings focused on preventing hate-based violence: 

Applications: accepted on a rolling basis

Applications requirements

  • Application form online (on submittable)
  • A brief statement of interest
  • Resume/CV

Open Call for Book Submissions for Publication

Open Call for Submissions: Prevention at the Intersections is now accepting writing submissions for publication. In our Open Call, we accept fiction, non-fiction, micro-fiction, and proposals for a publication series.  Proposals or manuscript submissions should be no more than 20,000 words. No short stories unless as a collection that totals no more than 20,000 words, please. We will review your manuscript submission and contact you on the viability of your submission. All accepted work will be open access publications and distributed by our organization in partnership with the author.

Submissions must:

  • Be no more than 20,000 words
  • Be original unpublished work
  • Be formatted in a word document (.doc, or docx) only
  • Be proof-read for typos, grammatical errors
  • Contain a plot, conflict of some sort, and engaging characters


  1. Proposals/ BriefManuscripts should not exceed 20,000 words, not including references, charts, and tables. (Accepted proposals and manuscripts can exceed this word count after being contacted by the editor)
  2. All manuscripts should conform to their respective citation (MLA, APA, etc).
  3. Please include page numbers.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions are evaluated with respect to the following criteria:

  • Theme. Proposals/Manuscripts should focus on a social or political issue.
  • Relevance. Proposals/Manuscripts should address a significant research social or political issue.
  • Organization and Coherence.  Proposals/Manuscripts should follow a logical structure, read clearly, and represent current or new ways of thinking about a topic.
  • Insight for Future Work. Proposals/Manuscripts should convey important implications for future creators.
  • Timeliness/Contribution. If appropriate to the type of manuscript, Proposals/Manuscripts should emphasize how the information will contribute to knowledge in the field.

Call for Proposals

Prevention at the Intersections welcomes proposals from individuals and groups who are passionate about creating and implementing people center solutions to violence. Designed to be a solution salon-style event, we invite proposals that address the problems associated with violence and community harm as well as the solutions you employ. 

We anticipate having 2 full days of virtual conference activities via Zoom. Presenters will have 60 - 90 minutes for their presentations. We encourage interactive and creative proposals that are addressing current and the most pressing concerns regarding violence prevention strategies, research, and advocacy.

We encourage creative and collaborative proposals.

Shared Understandings

Violence has been explicitly identified as a significant public health problem (Rutherford, Zwi, Grove & Butchart, 2007). We have similar perspectives on violence, defined by The Violence Prevention Alliance. See below.

  • Self-directed violence refers to violence in which the perpetrator and the victim are the same individual and is subdivided into self-abuse and suicide.
  • Interpersonal violence refers to violence between individuals and is subdivided into family and intimate partner violence and community violence. The former category includes child maltreatment; intimate partner violence; and elder abuse, while the latter is broken down into acquaintance and stranger violence and includes youth violence; assault by strangers; violence related to property crimes; and violence in workplaces and other institutions.
  • Collective violence refers to violence committed by larger groups of individuals and can be subdivided into social, political, and economic violence.

Other identifying terms: Sexual Violence, Gender-based Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Domestic Violence, Family Violence, Child Maltreatment, Youth Violence, Elder Abuse, Workplace Violence, Structural Violence, Armed Conflict, New Wars, Complex Emergencies, Terrorism, Genocide, Hate-Based Violence

Goals of the Conference

  • Provide capacity building opportunities for advocates, decision-makers, and direct service providers that work to prevent violence.
  • Showcase solution-oriented strategies to prevent violence in the United States.
  • Provide space for networking and collaboration for people passionate about preventing violence and other forms of harm in their communities.
  • Highlight current and historical events that lead to the perpetuation of hate-based violence in the United States.
  • Provide educational and training opportunities to support our collective work to prevent violence.


We create and implement transformative responses to violence and other forms of harm in marginalized communities through research and people-centered projects. Prevention at the Intersections works with government entities, nonprofit organizations, and other key decision-makers to build our collective capacity for effective and just practices.

Core Strategies

We have two core strategies - the first strategy being, Participatory Research, which is a necessary tool for positive social change to occur in organizations, institutions, and society. We work with our clients as partners in the process of data collection and analysis as well as to conduct our evaluation research. We utilize an intersectionality-based policy-based analysis that is a leading framework in health equity and prevention policy circles. With this model, we are able to engage clients and stakeholders in research methodologies that inform their own practice and utilize research to inform how we shift our understanding of best practices.

Another core strategy we believe in is Community Capacity Building, which we define as a strategic process to develop solutions to problems that communities and institutions face when serving the public. Our capacity-building work is focused on eliminating barriers that inhibit people, governments, and non-profit organizations from realizing their fullest potential to reduce harm. Our aim is to develop programming designed to enhance our overall capacity to heal and lead.

About the Founder & Director - Dr. Crystallee Crain

Dr. Crain is the Founder & Director of Prevention at the Intersections. Her scholarship examines the intersectional lens and experiences of harm across marginalized groups.

She has published articles in topic areas of public health, the sub-field of violence prevention, women's studies, sociology, and political science. She has served as a Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission in Alameda County, CA and as a Human Rights Commissioner in the City of Portland, OR. Her community practice has focused on mitigating the impact of community and state violence through capacity building, research, and program development. She specializes in working with formerly incarcerated men and women, communities of color, survivors of violence, and families impacted by incarceration. She holds an academic appointment in the Department of Political Science at California State University - East Bay.

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