Initiative For Gender Violence Prevention


The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at FIU has launched an Initiative focused on advancing solutions to prevent violence against women. The proposed initiative will concentrate its efforts on prevention, education and developing a deeper understanding of the issues related to violence locally, nationally and globally.

In Florida alone, one in six women have been raped and thousands of cases of abuse against women are reported every year. National studies indicate that close to 25 percent of all women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetimes. Recognizing that violence against women is a global epidemic, the institute will leverage South Florida’s diverse population to explore these critical issues, taking into account the differences among nationalities and cultures.

As the only initiative in the state of Florida dedicated to these issues, the FIU Initiative for Gender Violence Prevention will be a premier research, education and outreach facility dedicated to helping vulnerable women who have fallen victim to physical and emotional abuse. The initiative will:

  • partner with local organizations and shelters
  • develop progressive programs designed to end the cycle of abuse
  • serve as a model for creating centers across the United States

The initiative will provide a singular opportunity to hear about frontline research on the barriers to reporting incidents of violence and abuse, including fear, language barriers, immigration policy, family identity and lack of support or resources.