October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
1. Abuse Prevention
Abuse Prevention Education attempts to reach many populations both through intervention and prevention. The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) is an opportunity for men and women to work with a trained facilitator in a 26 week program to understand their behaviors. This is not anger management. This is about the issues of power and control and is a major piece in the efforts to break the cycle of abuse for the victims of domestic violence. The women’s DVIP support group meets separately and discusses the same issues as well as their own behavioral responses.
2. Rape Prevention Education
Rape Prevention Education is dedicated to the prevention of rape and sexual violence in our community. The first year, a community assessment was performed with input from a community wide task force. In the second year, intervention strategies were initiated based on results of the assessment. Currently, Rape Prevention Education (RPE) is being implemented with every 6th grade (290) and every 9th grade (350) student in our county. SAFE’s RPE Coordinator facilitates weekly RPE programs during Health and Physical Education classes for both Middle and High School Students. SAFE’s evidence-based prevention programs are designed to raise awareness of what constitutes healthy relationships, give students an opportunity to build and strengthen coping skills, and practice positive decision making skills. These goals are met through direct instruction and fun, interactive exercises throughout the class. SAFE’s RPE programming has been extremely successful in our county and that success is directly related to the School System’s continued support and ownership of the role of prevention programs in the students overall educational experience.
3. Community Outreach
The goal of Community Outreach is to create a presence in the community so that we are successful in getting information into the hands of those who may need it. This includes having materials accessible in our own two stores so that victims who may not be able to walk in the doors of our office can make contact with us there. Our Outreach efforts also include partnering with other agencies to provide services and meet needs. Additional pieces include radio spots, print, social media, special events and talks. We aim to inform people about SAFE and our services, such as a bathroom stall door campaign directing sexual assault victims to SAFE for help.
4. Community Education
SAFE staff are available to attend civic, church, neighborhood or other meetings to discuss the agency and the issues of domestic and sexual abuse. Domestic and sexual abuse effect us all. Education and empowerment are the most valuable tools we have. Please invite us to come to your community to dispel myths and fill each of us with knowledge and power. We would be happy to come to you but feel free to come to us. Either way SAFE needs you on our side!
5. Children’s Program
Rather than simply provide childcare, SAFE employees were trained in the Positive Action curriculum. The series focuses on positive thoughts and actions leading to positive feelings about themselves. Children at Stacey’s House work through the program, which is age specific, with SAFE staff and volunteers covering topics including health, esteem, consequences, etc. All staff were trained in order to create a culture of Positive Action to ensure consistency when working with these innocent victims.
Domestic Violence Intervention Prevention Program
Domestic Abuse Education
Some of the Warning Signs of Abusive Relationships...
• Your partner threatens or hurts you or your children
• You are afraid to disagree
• You must justify everything you do
• Your partner makes all the decisions
• You are forced to avoid family and friends
• Your partner threatens suicide if you leave
• Your partner threatens family pets to control you