Colorado Preventing Targeted Violence Program

The Colorado Preventing Targeted Violence (CO-PTV) Program is a multidisciplinary whole-of-state public health-informed approach to preventing all forms of targeted violence within the state. By building trusted partnerships, awareness, and providing support for local prevention efforts, the CO-PTV Program is working to equip communities with the sustainable resources and tools needed to prevent targeted violence.

Colorado Preventing Targeted Violence Strategy 2023

What is Targeted Violence? 

Premeditated violence directed at specific individuals, groups, or locations. Targets are selected to achieve specific motives, such as the resolution of a grievance or to make a political or ideological statement. Individuals who are planning to engage in targeted violence often display threatening or concerning behaviors observable by others, and if identified and addressed early, can reduce the likelihood of a violent incident. 

Targeted violence is NOT impulsive, random, or spontaneous.

Mission, Vision, Values, and Primary Goals

Mission: To build safe and healthy communities in Colorado equipped and empowered to prevent targeted violence.

Vision: A safe and healthy Colorado where citizens make safe, non-violent choices.


  • Inclusiveness: Welcoming and valuing all voices, perspectives, and people who seek to move targeted violence prevention work forward.
  • Awareness: Cultivating and exchanging knowledge of challenges and approaches to preventing targeted violence.
  • Responsiveness: Continuously examining and improving our approach based on community feedback, trends, and lessons learned.
  • Transparency: Working to establish trust by providing our partners and communities with the ability to understand, question, and challenge our work.
  • Commitment: Maintaining unwavering dedication to this work, the needs of the community, and our values.
Primary Goals:

  • Expand the capacity of Colorado to understand and address targeted violence;
  • Design a statewide collaborative ecosystem that adequately addresses targeted violence in equity-informed and culturally responsive ways; and 
  • Invest in sustainability to increase safety in Colorado long term.
Current Activities

Preventing Identity-based Violence (PIBV) Grant Program: The PIBV Grant Program appropriates approximately $1 million annually to local eligible entities for programs that focus on building strong communities and preventing acts of violence that threaten human life or critical infrastructure, venues, or key resources, in which actors or groups intentionally target a discernible population of individuals, such as a population determined by its members' ethnicity, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation or identity, in a manner that poses a threat to homeland security (referred to as "identity-based violence").

Training and Events: The CO-PTV Program hosts training and events for professionals and community members to increase awareness and discuss prevention services, approaches, and resources.  Events currently hosted through the CO-PTV Program include community forums, practitioner workshops, and an annual conference.

Publications and Resources: The CO-PTV Program Public Resource Hub is a central repository of current research and resources for professional partners and community members to learn more about targeted violence prevention.  The hub also includes links and information for services available to community members who are seeking support for themselves or others.  The CO-PTV Program publishes a quarterly Preventing Targeted Violence Newsletter designed to help inform partners of current research, resources, and trends related to targeted violence prevention, which can be located in the Public Resource Hub.

Program Support: When requested, the CO-PTV Program provides support to local, national, and international agencies and organizations who are developing or progressing targeted violence prevention efforts.  Through attending forums, presenting at events, and meeting individually with partners, the CO-PTV Unit shares promising practices, lessons learned, and guidance on developing targeted violence prevention programming.  Program support also includes assistance with drafting a program strategy and identifying measures for evaluation, template development, grant writing assistance, guidance on handling complex cases, and other support as requested.

All questions regarding the CO-PTV Program can be directed to