Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP), a collaboration between Community Works and the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, aims to bring together all those harmed by crime, including victims, communities, and offenders. RSVP is driven by victim restoration, offender accountability, and community involvement.
The program consists of the following components:
- Offender Restoration
- Survivor Restoration
- Community Restoration
- Reentry Services
- Restorative Arts Programming
The mission of the San Francisco Sheriffs Department’s Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP) is to bring together all those harmed by crime, including victims, communities, and offenders. RSVP is driven by victim restoration, offender accountability, and community involvement.
Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP) recognizes that violence hurts victims, communities, and offenders and creates an obligation to make things right. Based on a restorative justice model, the program aims to accomplish the following:
- Centralize victims’ needs, giving survivors primacy in the development of RSVP, while empowering victims to restore themselves, their families, and their communities as they make the transition from being victims to becoming survivors and advocates.
- Hold offenders accountable for their violence, focusing on redefining and restructuring their male-role belief system and on repairing the harm caused to their victims and communities.
- Mobilize community involvement to support victim restoration, reduce offender recidivism, create opportunities for restoration, and prevent further violence.
Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP) has proven successful in reducing violent crime and has resulted in a reduction in recidivism of up to 80% in San Francisco, CA. RSVP has been recognized with numerous honors and is a winner of the 2004 Innovations in American Government Award.
Read more about the origins, components, and history of RSVP
The RSVP program evaluation by Dr. James Gilligan is available for download
Resolve to Stop the Violence Project
San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, Rm 456 City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
News & Recognition:
Upon release, Adam Verdoux, an RSVP ManAlive offender restoration program client, cites experience in ManAlive as turning point in his path to success. He is now working on a Master’s degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University. Verdoux says in the San Quentin News, “The ManAlive Program has changed my life.” (see Fighting for a Chance at a New Beginning on pg 7)
We’ve been featured several times on The Oprah Winfrey Show
- Educate Now or Incarcerate Later
- Interview with Sunny Schwartz of SF SHeriff’s Department
- Finding Forgiveness
- Restorative Justice
- Unanswered Questions
- July 2008: New York Times Program Aims to Curb Violence by Inmates
- July 2008: San Francisco Examiner Diplomas Behind Bars Offer Students Second Chance
- June 2008: ABC 7 – Eyewitness News RSVP Programming Adopted in Westchester, New York
- The Camp Recovery Center News on the SISTER program- Few Programs to Help Women with Addictions
- March 2008: San Diego Union Tribune – on the SISTER program- Women are Silent Casualties of War on Drugs
- Jan 2006: Feminist News R.S.V.P. Replicated in Travis County, Texas
- 2004: Innovations in American Government Award City of San Francisco wins award with R.S.V.P. Program
- Aug 2004: In These Times News A School Behind Bars
- Oct 2003: LA Times Jailhouse Is Also a Schoolhouse
- Oct 2003: Join Together, Communities in Action Local Leader Starts Charter High School in Jail
- San Francisco Medical Society Harm Reduction in San Francisco Jails