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Community Violence Intervention

A collaborative approach to addressing community violence.

What is Community Violence Intervention

Community violence generally happens outside the home in public spaces. Most community violence involves a relatively small number of people as victims or perpetrators. Still, its effects impact entire communities, eroding public health, causing economic disruption, and contributing to lasting individual and community traumas. Mitigation efforts typically focus on high-risk individuals, gun violence, specific violent crime problems, as well as the historical and structural challenges that often result in community violence.


Community violence intervention (CVI) is an approach that uses evidence-informed strategies to reduce violence through tailored community-centered initiatives. These multidisciplinary strategies engage individuals and groups to prevent and disrupt cycles of violence and retaliation, and establish relationships between individuals and community assets to deliver services that save lives, address trauma, provide opportunity, and improve the physical, social, and economic conditions that drive violence.


Guiding Principles

Community Centered

The CVI approach must be informed by and tailored to community residents and stakeholders, and everyone involved must prioritize the community's needs. This means social service partners are engaged to align and collaborate with residents and law enforcement partners to reduce violence and build community.

Evidence Informed

Each CVI strategy should be built using evidence generated by multiple disciplines and a variety of methods. Evidence used to support a CVI program may include findings from research and evaluation, case studies, expert opinions, or documented lessons learned from the field. Ideally, a CVI program will engage in research and evaluation to help build the evidence base for what works.

Equitable and Inclusive

Care must be taken to guarantee the community members most affected and most disenfranchised are included in creating CVI solutions and benefiting from them.

Effective and Sustainable

 CVI programs must demonstrate measurable impacts on violence and community wellbeing, and they must have access to resources that enable responses to new and ongoing challenges over time.

OJP Support

In FY2022, the Department of Justice launched the Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI), a historic federal investment in community violence Intervention programs. This initiative seeks to prevent and reduce violent crime in communities by supporting comprehensive, evidence-based violence intervention and prevention programs based on partnerships among community residents, local government agencies, victim service providers, community-based organizations, law enforcement, hospitals, researchers, and other community stakeholders.

These historic investments in community violence intervention strategies support community infrastructure and expand the role of community partners as a complement to law enforcement. 

— Amy Solomon, Assistant Attorney General

The Office of Justice Programs and several of its program offices—the Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Office for Victims of Crime—are taking a collaborative approach to help ensure jurisdictions have access to expertise and resources to address community violence.

OJP Funding

In FY 2022 and FY 2023, OJP awarded nearly $200 million in CVIPI grants, which are funded in part through dedicated resources from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

Current Funding

Office of Justice Programs Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Program

Closing Date: August 6, 2024
Grants.gov Deadline: July 30, 2024
Application JustGrants Deadline: August 6, 2024
With this solicitation, BJA, in coordination with OJJDP and OVC, seeks applications to provide a range of training and technical assistance to grantees and the field at large under the Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative.

Acenda, Inc.NJ2022
Alliance of Concerned MenDC2022
Black Mental Health AllianceMD2022
Building Opportunities for Self SufficiencyCA2022
Centro C.H.A.CA2022
Children and Youth JusticeCenterWA2022
Circle of BrotherhoodFL2022
Community Network ServicesVA2022
Connie Rice Institute for Urban PeaceCA2022
Exodus Transitional CommunityNY2022
Getting Out & Staying Out Inc. NYNY2022
HMH Hospitals CorporationNJ2022
The Living Classrooms FoundationMD2022
Metropolitan Family ServicesIL2022
NCYouth Violence Prevention CentNC2022
New Kensington Community Development CorporationPA2022
Newark Community Street TeamNJ2022
Nonviolent PeaceforceMN2022
Osborne AssociationNY2022
Prevention Education, Inc.NJ2022
Reclamation & Restoration MinistriesLA2022
ROCA, Inc.MD2022
Taller Salud, Inc.PR2022
Advance PeaceCA2023
Center For HopeMD2023
Cleveland Peacemakers IncOH2023
Community Of Change,IncVA2023
Emory UniversityGA2023
Fresno County Economic Opportunities CommissionCA2023
Greater Baybrook Alliance, IncMD2023
Jail to JobsTX2023
Michigan Public Health InstituteMI2023
Opportunities For Individual Change,IncorporatedOH2023
Peace For DCDC2023
Prisma Health-MidlandsSC2023
Providence Health System-Southern CaliforniaCA2023
Roca IncMA2023
The Reverence ProjectCA2023
UTEC, IncMA2023

Alameda CountyCA2022
Buncombe CountyNC2022
City of BatonRougeLA2022
City of ClevelandOH2022
City of FlintMI2022
City of GreensboroNC2022
City of HartfordCT2022
City of JacksonvilleFL2022
City of Kansas CityMO2022
City of Los AngelesCA2022
City of OmahaNE2022
City of Rapid CitySD2022
City of RichmondVA2022
City of SyracuseNY2022
City of TampaFL2022
City of TucsonAZ2022
Contra Costa CountyCA2022
DeKalb CountyGA2022
Fulton CountyGA2022
Harris CountyTX2022
Lake County State’s Attorney’s OfficeIL2022
Leon CountyFL2022
Salt Lake CountyUT2022
Allegheny CountyPA2023
Boston Public Health CommissionMA2023
City of BirminghamAL2023
City of KnoxvilleTN2023
City of New HavenCT2023
City of New OrleansLA2023
City of OrlandoFL2023
Louisville-Jefferson County Metro GovernmentKY2023
Nashville Davidson County Metropolitan GovernmentTN2023

Illinois Criminal Justice Information AuthorityIL2023
New Jersey Department of Law &Public SafetyNJ2023
North Carolina Department of Public SafetyNC2023
Washington State Department of CommerceWA2023


John Jay College of Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center

Evaluation of Osbourne Association site-based award 


RTI International

Evaluation of City of Greensboro site-based award 

American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral SciencesVA2023
Northwestern UniversityIL2023

Suffolk University

Evaluation of Boston Public Health Commission site-based award


Tulane University

Evaluation of City of New Orleans site-based award

University of Missouri SystemMO2023


Latino Coalition for Community Leadership

Sub-award recipients:
Heavy Hands Heavy Hearts 
Homies Unidos Denver
Struggle of Love Foundation


Local Initiative Support Corporation

Sub-award recipients:
Cincinnati Works 
Heal 901 
Mute the Violence DC
Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation 
VA League for Safer Streets 


Metropolitan Family Services

Sub-award recipients:
Project H.O.O.D. 
Target Area Development Corporation
Think Outside Da Block


Children and Youth JusticeCenter

Sub-award recipients forthcoming


Equal Justice USA, Inc

Sub-award recipients forthcoming


Health Resources in Action, Inc

Sub-award recipients forthcoming


National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform

Sub-award recipients forthcoming


Community Based Public Safety CollectiveNJ2022
Heartland AllianceIL2022
Local Initiative Support CorporationNY2022
Research Foundation of the City University of New YorkNY2023
The Urban InstituteDC2023

Past Funding Opportunities

FY 2023 Office of Justice Programs Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative

  • Grants.gov deadline: May 18, 2023, 8:59 p.m. ET
  • JustGrants deadline: May 25, 2023, 8:59 p.m. ET

FY 2022 Office of Justice Programs Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative

  • Grants.gov deadline: June 16, 2022, 8:59 p.m. ET
  • JustGrants deadline: June 21, 2022, 8:59 p.m. ET

NIJ FY23 Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI) Research, Evaluation, and Associated Training & Technical Assistance Support

  • Grants.gov deadline: May 22, 2023, 11:59 p.m. ET
  • JustGrants deadline: June 5, 2023, 8:59 p.m. ET

FY 2022 Evaluation of OJP Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI) Projects

  • Grants.gov deadline: June 7, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET
  • JustGrants deadline: June 21, 2022, 8:59 p.m. ET

View all NIJ CVIPI projects 



OJP Resources


Visit the National CVIPI Resource Center to request training and technical assistance from CVI experts.



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Date Created: March 22, 2024