Community-Based Interventions Project

The Community-Based Interventions Project is a collaborative pilot project to create and promote new alternatives community-based models and educational tools for violence intervention and prevention.

Phase 1: Project Development (2004 – 2006)

Creative Interventions worked with a collaborative of various organizations locally, nationally and internationally (see Collaborative Partners) to share common visions, gather existing tools, and begin to construct what would develop into a CI approach to community-based interventions. Intervention Team partners listed below and Generation Five were particularly active in this Project Development phase.

Phase 2: Pilot Project  (Nov 2006 – May 2009)

During this time, Creative Interventions created a CI Interventions Team consisting of members:

  • ♦ CI staff members (Rachel Herzing and Mimi Kim)
  • Asian Women’s Shelter (Orchid Pusey)
  • Shimtuh (Isabel Kang)
  • Narika (Sutapa Balaji)
  • La Clinica de la Raza (Juan Cuba)
  • ♦ Violence intervention consultant (Leo Bruenn)
  • ♦ CI national advisory board member (Poroshat Shekarloo)

Together the team supported 18 interventions to violence, meeting with over 100 people. Through this pilot, the team is developing a model, tools and analysis regarding community-based interventions to violence, facilitation, and community team-building to support interventions.

Thao Le of the University of Colorado, Fort Collins started the process of project evaluation. Later, Valli Kalei Kanuha, National Advisory Board member, joined as the project evaluator.

Phase 3: Toolkit Construction (Jan 2010 – Summer 2012)

During this period, Creative Interventions has been gathering the information created during the pilot project to construct a comprehensive Toolkit for anyone interested in carrying out a community-based intervention to violence.

The Toolkit contains a basic model for violence intervention,  useful information, worksheets, and stories based upon the experiences of Creative Interventions during its development and pilot stages.

A 500 page draft version went out for limited public review in November of 2011.

A pre-release version of the Toolkit in pdf form is now publicly available.

A final web version of Creative Interventions Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence is available in pdf form. We are currently working with volunteer graphic designers, Joyce Choi Li and Ashley Masters, to create a more visually appealing and user-friendly version (content is the same as pdf available). Availability is set for Fall 2014.

Phase 4: Build Community Capacity (Fall 2012 and beyond)

During this period, Creative Interventions has been working collaboratively with other individuals and organizations across the country to see how we can combine our resources and energies to build local capacity to make community-based interventions, transformative justice and community accountability a real option.

People have been using the CI Toolkit and other resources developed by other organizations and collectives to use in situations of violence that we all continue to face. Informally, we have been sharing successes and challenges — coming together on the phone, over email and at workshops at different gatherings to figure out where we need to go next.

A better graphically designed Toolkit with the same content is in the works for Fall 2016. And, we are building and learning from the models, tools, stories and resources developing in so many neighborhoods and cities to move to the next stage.