Our Mission

The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) develops and implements comprehensive violence prevention programs for individuals and organizations. Through a combination of education, physical empowerment, and leadership development, CAE provides underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan area with skills to break cycles of violence.

“As an activist, Brooklyn-resident, woman of color, and lesbian mom, I believe CAE to be a remarkable organization. Personally, I am grateful for CAE – a place where teen and adult women work together for societal change,where children have a voice, where women come seeking self-defense skills and grow into powerful martial artists and dynamic leaders, and where an actively feminist, anti-heterosexist, anti-racist, anti-oppression atmosphere imbues all work.”

– a former CAE student

CAE’s programs focus on women, girls and LGBTQ communities, with a special sensitivity to the needs of survivors. Participants build the skills and strength to heal from, prevent, and counter violence. We do this work to actively create a peaceful, just, and equitable world.

For over 41 years, our work has been driven by a strong set of core values.

  • Building the voices of women, LGBTQ communities, and youth is our foundation.
  • We are multi-cultural and anti-racist.
  • LGBTQ issues are central to our work.
  • We welcome transgender and gender-non-conforming individuals.
  • Our programs are uniquely sensitive to the needs of survivors.
  • Our youth programs are dynamic.
  • Our programs are economically accessible.
  • We promote the leadership of all participants.
  • Our programs impact people throughout New York City and nationwide.
  • We are a community.

You can read more about our philosophy here.

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Many generations of CAE students, teachers and staff.