Shared Risk & Protective Factors to Violence Injury-Free NC Academy

Application Available Here!  – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 7th

Introduction to Shared Risk & Protective Factor Academy Webinar Slides

The Injury-Free NC Academy is a training program for injury and violence prevention (IVP) practitioners in North Carolina. Each session of an Academy focuses on a timely topic impacting North Carolinians. In 2018, we will begin our second academy focused on preparing community-based coalitions engaged or interested in implementing evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to address shared risk and protective factors to prevent multiple forms of violence in North Carolina.

The focus of this Injury-Free NC Academy is the prevention of violence. The primary prevention of violence is defined as approaches that take place before the violence occurs. Different types of violence are connected and often share the same root causes. Understanding the overlapping causes of violence and the things that can protect people and communities can help us better prevent violence in all its forms. Some risk and protective factors, often called “Shared Risk and Protective Factors,” are associated with multiple forms of violence and other health outcomes.

RISK FACTORS: INCREASE the likelihood a person will use violence. “They are contributing factors and may or may not be direct causes.” (CDC) They are ARE NOT determinative. “Not everyone who is identified as at risk becomes a perpetrator of violence.” (CDC)

PROTECTIVE FACTORS: BUFFER against risk. They are conditions, characteristics, and influences that may decrease the likelihood of perpetrating or being the victim of violence. They ENCOURAGE a positive, health-promoting focus. They are at the core of asset-based or strengths-based prevention strategies. (CDC)
Risk and protective factors are not opposite each other. Risk and protective factors exist in various spheres of influence characterized by the Socio-Ecological Model (SEM). Made up of individual, relationship, community, and societal spheres of influence, the socio-ecological model supports a comprehensive public health approach that not only addresses and individual’s risk and protective factors, but also the norms, beliefs, and social and economic systems that create the conditions for violence to occur.

For an introduction to the shared risk and protective factors framework to preventing violence, take a look at Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence, which was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Also, check out for a listing of risk and protective factors and how they are connected to multiple forms of violence.

We encourage you to apply

  • Are a North Carolina county, district, region, or community group/coalition focusing on the prevention of sexual or domestic violence, sexual abuse, child maltreatment, or suicide, whose members represent multiple organizations, backgrounds or disciplines.
  • Are using, planning to use, or wanting to adopt a relevant, evidence-based strategy for your community to collectively address shared risk and protective factors.
  • Have a committed, core team of three to six members with an identified lead representative.

What to expect at the 2018 Injury-Free NC Academy

Teams will participate in two, 2-day in-person training sessions and one, 1-day in-person workshop to be held in Chapel Hill, NC. At each in-person session, teams will learn from subject matter experts during presentations followed by opportunities to apply what they are learning in team activities that are built in throughout the day. Teams will be assigned a coach for the duration of the Academy and will receive expert coaching specific to their own project throughout the in-person training sessions, as well as through other opportunities for interaction (e.g., webinars, conference calls, etc.).

Examples of key skill development areas include

  • Utilizing an approach of decreasing risk and increasing protective factors to preventing violence
  • Finding and using data in NC and in your local community
  • Mobilizing and sustaining a community coalition
  • Learning a strategic planning model and going home with a concrete plan for moving forward
  • Developing, implementing, and sustaining effective programs
  • Measuring success with program evaluation built-in from the beginning

Examples of Accomplishments from Past Academy Participants

There are many community possibilities that can grow out of your team’s participation. Each community is unique, and each team will develop their own focus areas based on an assessment process, local conditions, and interests of the team members. These examples show some of the things previous teams are accomplishing; however, your team may choose to focus on other goals and outcomes.

  • Developing a new community coalition that did not exist before the Academy
  • The creation of a community resource center that brings together a number of supports and opportunities for residents (Protective Factors: “Coordination of resources and services among community agencies” and “Community support/ connectedness”)
  • The establishment of a mental health clinic at a local health department (Protective Factor: “Access to mental health and substance abuse services”
  • Preparing for grant opportunities and leveraging funds. One team prepared a successful application for Rape Prevention and Education funding based on content learned at the Academy.


The in-person Academy sessions will be held in Chapel Hill, NC. If accepted, your team must be able to meet on these dates in Chapel Hill.


There are no tuition or resource material costs for attending the Academy. Breakfast, lunch, and drinks will be provided at no cost to participants during the in-person sessions. Each team will be responsible for room, board (dinner only), and travel costs.


February 16, 2018

March 7th, 2018

Applications due
March 21-22, 2018 First in-person, two-day training session in Chapel Hill, NC
March – June Teams go back home to work on their projects
June 13-14, 2018 Second in-person, two-day training session in Chapel Hill, NC
June- October Teams go back home to work on their projects
October 25, 2018 Third in-person, one-day workshop in Chapel Hill, NC