The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

$65,489 raised by 146 donors

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$100,000 Goal

"The Melissa Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to violence prevention and treatment through research, education, and community support. It was established in memory of Melissa Aptman, the year after her murder on May 5, 1995."

The Melissa Institute works diligently to create safer healthy homes, schools, and communities by developing programs for violence prevention and improved mental health. This mission is the basis of every training, conference, program, and consultation we provide. Today, the Institute is a primary source of research-based safety education and mental health treatment strategies in South Florida and beyond. We offer innovative courses on the debilitating effects of trauma and how to bolster resilience. We equip parents as well as school, juvenile justice, and mental health personnel with the tools to reduce intimate partner violence, prevent bullying, diffuse anger, resolve conflict, and promote healing and healthy relationships. Our internationally renowned scientific board members share their latest state-of-the-art research knowledge so that we can continue to be a leader in accomplishing our mission. Their input has earned the Melissa Institute a well-deserved reputation for excellence!

We are funded through the generous contributions of donors like you. As a result of this financial support since our inception, all our courses and resources are accessible free of charge.

Together, we ARE making a difference.

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Organization name

The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, Inc.

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The Melissa Institute

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1507 Levante Ave Ste 331
Coral Gables, FL 33146



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