Research Centre for the Prevention of Violence (Centro de Investigación para la Prevención de la Violencia – CIPREVI)

CIPREVI is a non-governmental, technical organization that promotes a holistic, participatory, and citizen-based approach to the prevention of violence and promotion of security in Central America.

The problems of Central America are complex and require multidimensional solutions. CIPREVI aims to produce reliable data and analysis to inform the multidimensional responses needed for violence prevention and citizen security in Central America. It has established itself as an important voice in discussions on violence prevention and citizen security in the region and as a trusted provider of education for specialized personnel. CIPREVI is actively influencing regional, national and local level state and civil society policies and practices to foster peaceful coexistence.

CIPREVI’s main activities are:

  • Production, systematization, exchange and dissemination of knowledge on violence prevention to contribute to public discussion and promote the political will to address the issue;
  • Technical and professional training to strengthen the capacity of the different actors engaged in prevention and citizen security, with a particular focus on developing capacity for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating violence prevention initiatives;
  • Political advocacy to contribute to the transformation of public security paradigms based on authoritarian positions inherited from the social and political conflicts of the past into approaches that are participatory, democratic and respectful of human rights;
  • Enrich and vitalize citizens’ and state organizations’ networks relevant to violence prevention;
  • Social communication for prevention of violence, incorporating the citizenry and its organizations in the processes of transformation of paradigms and strengthening of capacities to prevent violence.

Contact information

Col. Lomas del Mayab, calle Hibueras, casa 3343
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Tel: +(504) 2263-8142, 2263-8143
E-mail: with cc to:

12 calle 1-43, Zona 10, edificio Pivaral sexto Nivel
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Tel: +(502) 2332-6128, 2332-6126
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VPA focal person

Alba Lily Muñoz
Tel: +502 2332-6126

Lily Muñoz coordinates the Knowledge Management for Violence Prevention area for Central America in CIPREVI. With more of 20 years of experience in the social research, in universities and non-governmental research centers. In the last decade her investigations has been focalized in the different dimensions of the urban violence and violence against woman in Guatemala and Central America. She has a degree in Sociology (graduated from the San Carlos University of Guatemala), a Master degree in International Cooperation (graduated from the Santiago de Compostela University) and she completed her doctoral studies in Sociology at the Badø University College in Norway. She also is a secretary at the Central American Association of Sociology (Asociación Centroamericana de Sociología in Spanish).