Institute for the Prevention of Relationship Violence

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Since 2011, BVU has served as the host university to the Institute for the Prevention of Relationship Violence (IPRV), one of the world's foremost experts on the prevention of child abuse, dating violence, domestic violence, and elder abuse.

Led by CEO and Founder, Pamela Lassiter Cathey and Principal Investigator Dr. Wind Goodfriend, one of BVU's esteemed faculty members, IPRV focuses on creating strategic partnerships between the non-profit, academic, for-profit and government sectors that result in profound social change.

Together IPRV and BVU honor and support the University’s six guiding values: passiontransformational experiencesmeaningful connectionsinspirationstewardship & sustainability, and respect & inclusivity while working toward the Institute's guiding vision:

A world where every child, woman, and man is treated with kindness and respect, especially in their relationships.

For further information about IPRV's initiatives or for speaking inquiries for Ms. Cathey and Dr. Goodfriend please email:

What's new at IPRV

  • IPRV and BVU launch one of the nation’s first, if not the first, fully accredited minors in Trauma Advocacy (TRAC) through BVU’s Graduate and Professional Studies program.
  • Factor analysis completed on primary prevention research: Fourteen Early Warning Signs of a Potentially Violent Relationship. Research to be disseminated in fall of 2016.
  • IPRV and BVU developing prevention-focused, evidence-based Trauma Advocacy Continuing Education Courses and Certificates (TRACEC) for professionals who serve the needs of trauma victims.
Pamela Cathey

Ms. Pamela Lassiter Cathey
CEO and Founder

Wind Goodfriend

Dr. Wind Goodfriend
Principal Investigator


Featured Publication

Voices of Hope

In this visionary and powerful work, Pamela Lassiter Cathey and Dr. Wind Goodfriend have combined the hopeful stories of women and men who have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, and child abuse with the theoretical constructs of narrative therapy and professional trauma advocacy to create a book that will change lives.

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