We believe that violence against women functions to maintain the inequalities that exist between men and women.

It is an understanding of the connection between violence, power, and privilege that guides our intervention and prevention efforts to end sexual and domestic violence. Through community organizing, policy development, education, and training, we work to promote the personal and cultural change necessary to end violence in women’s lives.

Gender Violence Institute (GVI) is a resource development and consulting firm founded by Rose Thelen and Chuck Derry in 1993 to end violence against women.

Since 1993, GVI has worked with professionals from a variety of disciplines in the law enforcement and criminal justice system, legal, legislative and elected bodies, academia, public health, human services, sexual assault and domestic violence programs in the U.S. and internationally.  GVI is affiliated with  Praxis International and MN Men’s Action Network to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

GVI provides presentations, training, and technical assistance on the following:

  • coordinated community response models
  • best practices for law enforcement / criminal justice intervention
  • primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence
  • organizing men to get involved
  • the relationship of gender violence to inequality and other forms of oppression
  • the role of the community and culture in ending  violence
  • the social construction of gender violence and inequality
  • and other topics related to ending violence against women.