By Lt. Brian Davi, AA/PIO,
Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF)

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By Lt. Richard Montes, AA/PIO,
California Institution for Women (CIW)

A pilot violence-prevention program designed to help female inmates recorded success this month with graduations at the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) and the California Institution for Women (CIW)

At CCWF, 41 inmates graduated. At CIW, 21 inmates graduated.

Back Rows-Beyond Violence graduates, Front Row (left to right)  Associate Warden Joyce Bean, Dr. Stephanie Covington, Chief Deputy Warden Dean Borders, Rochelle Leonard, Jill Brown, Nena Messina

Beyond Violence graduates and CDCR staff at CIW. Back Rows-Beyond Violence graduates, Front Row (left to right) Associate Warden Joyce Bean, Dr. Stephanie Covington, Chief Deputy Warden Dean Borders, Rochelle Leonard, Jill Brown, Nena Messina

Beyond Violence is a program created by Dr. Stephanie Covington, a pioneer in gender-responsive treatment for women in the legal system.

Beyond Violence: A Prevention Program for Criminal Justice–Involved Women is a 40-hour, evidence-based treatment program specifically developed for women who have committed aggressive or violent crimes and are in prisons, jails, and community correctional settings.

The curriculum employs the Social-Ecological Model used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to understand violence, as well as by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) research on women in prison. This four-level model of violence prevention considers the complex interplay between individual, relationship, community, and societal factors. It addresses the key issues that put women at risk for experiencing or perpetrating violence.

Beyond Violence offers the opportunity for imprisoned women to understand their trauma, relate their experiences to their justice involvement, and begin a journey towards healing and recovery.

The curriculum is comprised of twenty sessions and is divided into four parts: Self, Relationships, Community, and Society.  Beyond Violence offers women a gendered path away from violence, anger, and trauma and provides tools for prevention of future victimization. This program is conducted by peer facilitators and managed by CDCR staff.

At CCWF,  Warden D.K. Johnson and the entire CCWF management staff attended, so they had first-hand information about the program.

CCWF beyond violence

Beyond Violence program staff and graduates at CCWF.