The CAVE Project is a collaboration between concerned citizens and businesses in the RGV, PACE at UTPA, local non-profits, and other stakeholders with the intent of decreasing sexual and domestic violence against women, children, and men and increasing awareness of the scope and seriousness of this significant problem in our community. Beginning in 2013, CAVE began organizing a Campus Violence Prevention Project (CVPP) at the University of Texas Pan American, funded in part by DOJ/OVW*, and directed at addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence.
The three main components of CAVE are: Support, Research, and Prevention.
The SUPPORT component includes campus and local law enforcement training, training for medical personnel, trainings for provides of victim/survivor services and trainings for student judicial affairs.
The RESEARCH component includes supporting quantitative and qualitative studies and investigations into factors that contribute and perpetuate violence on campus and in the community, including research into best practices and pedagogies.
The PREVENTION component includes educational services for school counselors, services to prevent recidivism, and events in the community and on campus to increase awareness of the problems of violence and exploitation in the RGV, especially regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence.