Clark Anti-Violence Education Program

Welcome to the Clark Anti-Violence Education Program (CAVE)

What is the CAVE Program?

The Clark Anti-Violence Education (CAVE) program was founded through generous grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. The goal of the program is to reduce dating violence and sexual assault at Clark University through education programs and campaigns throughout the year. It is a coordinated effort by several offices at Clark, including law enforcement, the Dean of Students office, women's studies, athletics, health care services, the counseling center, housing authorities and RAs, judicial boards, and representatives from student government and other concerned student groups. This coordinated campus response team meets regularly to discuss policies, procedures, and programming on campus that are related to issues of dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

What Kinds of Programming are Scheduled or Planned?

"Bringing in the Bystander" is a 120-minute program presented to incoming students during orientation, where students are divided into same-sex groups of about 30 to discuss what dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are and how to properly and safely intervene before, during, or after an incident of dating violence or sexual assault that they may witness.

In addition, we are working with several community partners to bring other types of programming, such as plays and discussion groups, to campus at key times, such as during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Check our Facebook page for regular updates about events and information as well!

How Can Students Become Involved?

Peer educators are trained to perform various functions, such as:

  • Performing key roles in the bystander educational programming
  • Manning informational tables in the student center
  • Training other students on how to be peer educators

Peer educators will be trained primarily through a first seminar in the Psychology Department that will be devoted to educating students on the scholarly literature on dating violence and sexual assault.

For more information on this course and/or how to become a peer educator, please contact either Prof. Denise Hines or Prof. Kathleen Palm Reed.

What is the Expertise of the Program Directors and Coordinators?

Kathleen M. Palm Reed, Ph.D. is Associate Director of Clinical Training and Research Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. She has published in the areas of sexual victimization, posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse, with 15 articles and 5 book chapters. She also has worked as a therapist with victims of violent crime since 1998, and is a licensed psychologist in the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Denise A. Hines, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. Having published over 20 articles and two books on issues of family violence, she is an expert on issues of intimate partner violence. In addition to the funding provided by the Department of Education under this project, she is also funded by a research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health on mental health issues and intimate partner violence. For more information, visit her webpage