The Community Violence Prevention Project


No one has the right to hurt you.

You are not to blame if you have been/are being hurt.

You can end isolation by accessing support services and networks.

There are concrete steps you can take to be safer at home, on the street, and anywhere you go.



“Your class didn’t just teach self-defense or how to fight, but it helped me learn about myself and find the power within myself to deal with situations or confrontations that arise.”– Sister Outsider (serving teen women)


“CAE’s training helps to restore to survivors something that is often lacking in other forums – a connection between mind, body, and spirit that may have been severed when they were assaulted.”

– Park Slope Safe Homes Project (serving domestic violence survivors)



The Community Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) offers community workshops, courses, and presentations in safety, self-defense, and stress reduction that utilize a holistic approach. CVPP is unique as a violence-prevention program because it combines practical safety information with an analysis of violence. CVPP challenges violence and empowers both individuals and communities by teaching participants different ways of speaking out and protecting themselves. This citywide education program reaches over 3,000 people a year.

Discussions cover strategies for safety and prevention, emotional aspects of self-defense, battering and other family issues, and concrete steps we can take to help ourselves, our families, and our communities be more safe.

Role plays allow participants to practice asserting themselves; taking care of themselves and setting clear boundaries with acquaintances, strangers, and family members; and building powerful voices.

Basic self-defense strategies include a full spectrum of responses, including the following: avoiding danger, yelling, getting away, tricking someone, defending with physical techniques, and seeking help afterwards.


Workshop participants range in age from kindergartners to elders in their 80’s. Most adult participants are women and transgender, but workshops can be mixed gender. We lead workshops in a wide variety of settings, including rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, community centers, churches, schools, and colleges. We have also worked with staff in workplaces ranging from home health-care providers to major financial corporations.

Each course, workshop, and presentation is tailored to meet the specific violence-prevention, safety, and stress reduction needs of the groups and individuals with whom we work. Basic self-defense strategies include ways to evade violence in a threatening encounter (whether with a stranger or someone we know), defending with verbal and physical techniques, and getting help afterwards.

Along with adult CVPP instructors, a group of specially trained peer educators co-lead workshops and courses for youth.

Course Fees

To help keep these vital services accessible, CVPP training is offered on a sliding scale, based upon organizational size and budget.

For more information or to set up a workshop, course, training, or presentation, contact us!