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Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention

Targeted violence and terrorism covers a range of groups and individuals, including domestic terrorists and homegrown violent extremists in the United States, as well as international terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIL. Lone offenders or small groups may radicalize to commit violence at home or attempt to travel overseas to become foreign fighters, while targeted violence has struck schools, workplaces and large public gatherings.

Here in the United States, targeted violence and terrorism can have far-reaching consequences. The Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) is the key focus of DHS’s work to prevent attacks before they occur. TVTP provides information and resources to state and local stakeholders to build and sustain local prevention efforts. Building relationships based on trust with communities is essential to this effort.

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Information

The Department of Homeland Security issued a notice of funding opportunity on July 6, 2016 announcing the new Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Program, the first federal grant funding available to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions of higher education to carry out countering violent extremism programs.

These grants will provide state, local and tribal partners and community groups—religious groups, mental health and social service providers, educators and other NGOs—with the ability to build prevention programs that address the root causes of violent extremism and deter individuals who may already be radicalizing to violence.

Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention

On April 19, 2019, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan announced the transition of the Office for Terrorism Prevention Partnerships (OTPP) to the Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP). The Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention widens the scope of previous Departmental efforts to ensure that all forms of violence, regardless of the ideological motivation, are being addressed. The Office leverages, coordinates, and builds upon the broad range of prevention activities that are currently implemented across DHS, including grants, community awareness and law enforcement awareness briefings, threat assessments, and information sharing.

Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Lines of Effort

TVTP implements a full-range of partnerships to support and enhance efforts by law enforcement, faith leaders, local government officials, and communities to prevent targeted violence and terrorism. TVTP also provides these stakeholders with training and technical assistance to develop prevention programs in support of resilient communities. TVTP leads the Department’s prevention mission with the following objectives:

  • Community Engagement. TVTP works with the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to facilitate community engagements to build awareness and promote dialogue with community partners, which includes engagements with DHS senior leadership;
  • Field Support Expansion and Training. TVTP supports DHS field staff across the country to develop and strengthen local partnerships and to provide training opportunities;
  • Grant Support. TVTP worked with FEMA to provide $10 million in grants to community-based programs under the FY2016 Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program. Those projects have a period of performance that ran through July 2019.
  • Philanthropic Engagement. TVTP works with the philanthropic community to maximize support for local communities, and encourage long-term partnerships;
  • Tech Sector Engagement. TVTP engages the tech sector to identify and amplify credible voices online and promote counter-narratives against violent extremist messaging.

Prevention Resources

TVTP maintains a list of current resources about violent extremism as well as examples of effective tools and programs to build strong and safe communities. This information will be updated as it is published and produced.

Contact the Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention

To request a Community Awareness Briefing for your organization or community, please email TVTP at

Please direct all other TVTP inquiries to


Last Published Date: January 17, 2020

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