In 2009 the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, published a 5-year plan to reduce the burden of injury and violence across the state. The Violence Prevention Goal Team, formed to oversee the violence-related goals of the plan, identified the need to define, provide data, and recommend strategies to address the following prioritized violence outcomes:
With increasing recognition of the links between each of these forms of violence, the team chose to grant special attention to prevention strategies capable of influencing more than one of these outcomes; such strategies are more likely to maximize use of available resources, foster new partnerships, and increase public health impact.
Prevent Violence NC is the product of that effort. Developed by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and four statewide partner agencies, the website is intended to facilitate coordination of strengths-based violence prevention efforts across agencies in North Carolina and at multiple levels of the social ecological model. It provides summaries of the research, strategies, and resources available to practitioners to support communities in coordinated violence prevention and health promotion. It also maps innovative violence prevention efforts across the state.