NPEIV was founded by Jacquelyn White and Robert Geffner. It grew out of their collaboration with APA president Alan Kazdin’s presidential initiative on violence that resulted in the February 2008 APA Summit on Violence and Abuse in Relationships: Connecting Agendas and Forging New Directions. In September, 2008 the first Think Tank was held to determine the future of the fledgling partnership. It was decided that NPEIV would integrate across all aspects of interpersonal violence in order to link research, practice, and advocacy.
Over the years NPEIV has continued to grow and establish itself as an organization. The name "National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan" and the NPEIV logo were chosen in January 2009 during the APA National Multicultural Summit. In February 2010 the first 11 Action Teams were developed.
From there, NPEIV increased its efforts toward interpersonal violence prevention across the fields of research, practice, and advocacy. In addition to an annual forum focused on training and education, NPEIV has spear-headed the publication of several special issues in leading violence and trauma journals, been involved with the publishing of several interpersonal violence journals, has participated in federal roundtables and congressional briefings, and has helped established a national curriculum geared toward interpersonal violence prevention.
Today, NPEIV continues its dedication to interpersonal violence prevention primarily through five Action Teams - Public Policy & Engagement, Training & Mentoring, Practice, Research & Dissemination, and Global Peace – which meet weekly to discuss their projects and goals, and Action Team chairs meet with the Board of Directors monthly to provide updates. It is through the collective efforts of our members that we continue to strive toward the goal of a violence-free future for all.
Be a major influence for ending interpersonal violence across the lifespan
Be in the forefront for policy, research, and practice
Identify gaps and issues facing the field of interpersonal violence prevention
Develop a blueprint for action for one, three, and five years.
Integration across: disciplinary fields - research practice and policy - organizations, and types of violence.
Use action teams to develop and implement tasks to meet our objectives within a given time frame
Translate and disseminate current information through special journal issues and web-based media
Plan for the continued development and expansion of the NPEIV
To make the prevention of interpersonal violence a national priority and to encourage healthy relationships by linking science, practice, policy, and advocacy.
To end all types of interpersonal violence, for all people, in all communities, at all stages of life.