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Engaging Men: A Culturally Specific Domestic Violence Prevention Program for Latino immigrants
In this grassroots, community-based initiative, a Latina women's social justice organization will approach Latino men as allies rather than adversaries in reducing and preventing domestic violence. The campaign emphasizes cultural strengths to persuade men to speak out against domestic violence among their peers. The strategy includes building leadership capacity to create a cadre of men committed to mobilizing their social groups to reframe the Latino concept of machismo and work to end intergenerational violence. Additional outcomes include the development of a culturally specific violence-prevention media campaign.
Promotora Bar Outreach Project
Jackson Heights, NY
Some immigrant Latina women are driven by fear, threats and financial dependence to engage in sex work despite the high risk of violence and HIV/AIDS. To reach sex workers posing as waitresses along La Avenida (The Avenue--Roosevelt Avenue in Western Queens, NY), Voces Latinas focuses on converting bar and restaurant managers into project partners. Then peer advocates, promotoras, connect women to culturally and linguistically appropriate services to bridge their isolation, provide life-saving sex education and condoms, improve their health and help address urgent issues that prevent them from living safer lives.
Community Alliance Against Violence
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth face disproportionate rates of interpersonal violence, bias crime and street harassment. In partnership with five LGBT youth organizations, this project trains service providers and LGBT young people to break through shame, fear and isolation to reduce violence in their lives and communities. Using role plays, discussions and physical activities, participants will learn de-escalation and anger-management techniques, develop physical skills and negotiation strategies for self-protection, identify healthy and abusive behaviors in relationships, and learn how to access support and create a safety plan.
STANCE Police Assisted Referrals (PAR)
In Cleveland's public housing neighborhoods, the police are usually the first responders to interact with youths who have been victims or perpetrators of violence. This Police Assisted Referral program supplies the officers with training and resources to immediately link distressed children and families who have experienced violence to health and social services-including education, mental health screening and treatment. The program is designed to strengthen the trust between police and public housing residents and connect youths and their families to services that prevent violence and build resiliency.
Pathways to Productive Citizenship
Juvenile offenders on probation or parole reenter the community with multiple referrals to education, family counseling, substance abuse treatment, mental health care, gang intervention and other services. But an effective reentry requires a collaborative team approach, community and family involvement, sustained client follow-up and effective coordination across participating agencies. Using an evidence-based approach, this new community reentry team will work with the youth and his/her family and probation or parole officer to tailor services to assure that the individualized plan for each youth is completed.
REMAP 'Reinventing Manhood Project'
New York, NY
Using the step-by-step process of creating video games, such as ''character development'' and the ''social rules'' that lead to violence, high-risk young men of color will work with a game developer as an original way to examine gender roles and masculinity. Urban youth at an alternative school will learn how to change the rules to affect the outcome of the story or change the scenario to reveal new rules that offer alternatives to violence. The project leverages the teens' passion for video gaming, helps them make better decisions, teaches career skills and provides parent and teacher workshops, mentoring, leadership and youth development opportunities.
Kristi House's Project GOLD
Spotlighting the commercial sexual exploitation of children--specifically the victimization of girls 11-18 being bought and sold in the U.S. commercial sex industry, Project GOLD will open a voluntary emergency shelter and drop-in center with extensive case management and physical and mental health services to help girls escape from their traffickers. In addition to providing the young women with a holistic network of intervention and rehabilitation services and linkages to longer term housing, the program will continue training and working closely with first responders to better recognize and understand sex trafficking and to see the girls as crime victims rather than perpetrators.
People with physical and intellectual disabilities are at increased risk for emotional, physical and sexual abuse from multiple sources. Working with the Boston Public Schools and the state Department of Developmental Disabilities, this program gives direct service providers the skills to recognize and respond to abuse while concurrently equipping people with disabilities to advocate for themselves and protect their own safety. The curriculum uses scenario-based safety training to teach participants to communicate assertively, protect themselves from imminent assault and resist the isolating behaviors often used by perpetrators of sexual abuse.
Project Speak Out
New York, NY
Project Speak Out is a concerted effort to change attitudes and behaviors toward domestic violence in New York City's Asian-American community by unveiling the secrecy and silence perpetuated by traditional ways of thinking. The New York Asian Women's Center and three partner domestic violence agencies dedicated to serving Asian American survivors of intimate partner violence will pool their knowledge and experience working with their constituencies. The collaboration will confront the social conditions and community structures that contribute to intimate partner violence and build networks of community leaders engaged in eliminating violence against women.
Center for Restorative Approaches at Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
The Center for Restorative Approaches intercedes in the trajectory of violent behavior in a New Orleans high school and middle school by replacing traditional punitive responses with a participatory process. Grounded in the principles of restorative justice, the program trains school staff to conduct restorative conferences where the harmed and the responsible parties meet to determine a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict. As an alternative to suspension and expulsion, this process creates a culture where community members embrace their responsibility for negative behaviors and together work to repair harm and prevent it from reoccurring.
Peace in the Home
The Dallas Women's Foundation is partnering with the Texas Muslim Women's Foundation (TMWF) and funders from the Muslim community to provide expanded domestic violence prevention and intervention for Muslim women and children who face numerous cultural and language barriers to accessing services. TMWF provides crisis services, referrals, ongoing case management and counseling. They also work to educate both mainstream domestic violence service providers and Islamic organizations to increase awareness in the faith community and meet the specific needs of Muslim women. The grant enables TMWF to move from an all-volunteer model to providing services with paid staff.
Power Up, Speak Out!
Red Lodge, MT
This initiative creates a culturally appropriate prevention program to address teen dating violence in Western frontier and rural communities. Focusing on grades 7-9, the student-driven curriculum uses images and messages relevant to frontier youth living in sparsely populated, rural areas and isolated small towns. Developed by frontier youth for frontier youth, this project transforms existing urban models into an authentic prevention program for teens in farming and ranching communities. The pilot will expand from three to six Montana counties and includes extracurricular activities and a train-the-trainer component for teachers.
The P.O.P!Tech project (Power of Prevention and Digital Technology) seeks to prevent sexual assault perpetrated online against high-risk youth, especially against youth who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning their sexuality. Working with local young people who are representative of the target population and recognizing the importance of technology in youth culture, the project will encourage the development of outreach strategies involving technology, including social networking. Deliverables will include a variety of youth-created prevention/outreach tools, a youth-developed cyber safety website targeting high risk youth, and a cyber safety curriculum.
Heal the Streets
Heal the Streets creates a ten-month fellowship program to train young adults of color (ages 15-18) to develop and promote smart policy solutions that decrease violence and increase opportunities in Oakland, CA. They use a network of community leaders as mentors and a curriculum that supports personal development of leadership qualities and teaches research, reporting and advocacy skills. These young people will learn to lead outcomes-based advocacy projects that will inform local and statewide violence prevention strategies. Through this project, tomorrow's leaders will learn how to collaborate with ally organizations to create real change in their neighborhoods.
Building on the success of Storycatcher Theatre's program for incarcerated girls, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice requested a new gender-specific program to serve boys at the Illinois Youth Center in Chicago. This juvenile prison is the last stop before the boys return home and a critical juncture in preparing to make positive life choices. Through creating original musical theatre productions, Temporary LockDown helps incarcerated adolescents understand and reduce violent behaviors. The theatre project increases self-esteem; develops communications, conflict resolution and leadership skills; and serves as a gateway to therapy.
Coalition for Gender Equity in Schools
The Coalition for Gender Equity in Schools is a partnership of youth, parents, school staff and community-based organizations working to end gender-based violence and sexual harassment in New York City public schools. Project objectives include developing youth leadership and empowering young women and men to recognize sexual assault and advocate for themselves in reporting harassment. In addition to increasing uniform enforcement of existing sexual harassment policies, project leaders will advocate for more comprehensive policies-working together with Title IX to eliminate sexual harassment in school environments. This project meets the criteria of the Local Funding Partnerships special solicitation to under-represented communities of diversity: nominated by the New York Women's Foundation, granted to the Girls for Gender Equity organization, to implement the Coalition for Gender Equity in Schools.
Immigrants Seeking Safety
A new influx of Latino and South Asian immigrants to North Carolina and a high incidence of intimate partner violence prompted nine organizations to collaborate in creating a comprehensive, culturally appropriate crisis intervention model. They will provide culturally specific intake, assessments, safety planning, crisis counseling, case management and educational opportunities for mothers and children. Several organizations are co-located in a new building with the area's key violence intervention and prevention agency including health services, legal aid, the police department domestic violence unit, child abuse prevention and KIRAN, a group serving the South Asian community.
New York, NY
Common Justice introduces a new approach to violent crime: working closely with those harmed by crime to support their recovery, connecting under-served young men of color and other crime victims to health and social services, preventing further violence, and enhancing all parties' experience of justice. The Brooklyn district attorney, judges and public defenders refer young adults into this program as an alternative to incarceration. The project engages 16-24-year-olds responsible for serious, violent crimes-together with those they have harmed-and convenes a facilitated dialogue to determine appropriate sanctions in place of a prison sentence.
Breaking the Cycle
Breaking the Cycle is an intensive intervention for gunshot and stabbing victims at Boston Medical Center, which treats two-third of victims citywide. By intervening within 48 hours of emergency room admission, the program seeks to lower rates of re-injury and retaliation for gang-related assaults. This project creates four Violence Intervention Advocate (VIA) positions-two employed by the hospital as accepted members of the ER and two who work at the full-service social services agency directly across the street. With this strong hospital/community team, clients will receive ongoing case management including health care, job training and employment.
Project Against Sexual Assault of Indigenous Farmworkers
Indigenous farmworkers from Central America and Mexico speak their own languages (i.e. Mixteco, Trique or Zapotec) and are especially vulnerable to sexual abuse from ''bosses'' who control workers' jobs and living conditions. Barriers of language, culture and economic necessity often keep victims silent. Farmworkers, their union, health care providers and the justice system are partnering to prevent sexual harassment, mediate the health and psychosocial effects of abuse and bring perpetrators to justice. Interventions include home visits and radio socio-dramas to teach women about their rights and native speakers to translate at a local clinic.
Hope for Children: Overcoming the Devastating Effects of Witnessing Family Violence
A strong coalition of community agencies in Raleigh, NC provides specific counseling programs for adult victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse. However, after initial crisis intervention, no mental health programs offer ongoing services to children who have witnessed family violence. To minimize the long-term psychological, social, developmental and emotional effects of exposure to violence the local agencies have now created a continuum of age-appropriate services. Case managers will conduct thorough assessments and referrals to programs such as adolescent treatment groups and will facilitate additional outreach to Spanish-speaking children. Another tailored program offers therapeutic visitations to help children spend appropriate time with a parent who is separated by court-issued restraining orders.
Caught in the Crossfire, Los Angeles
This peer intervention program aims to reduce the rate of traumatic injury and homicide that results from cycles of retaliation in neighborhoods known for gang activity and a high rate of violent crime among adolescents. Within 24 hours of hospitalization, violently injured youth and their families are visited by young adults who have themselves sustained violent injuries. This Youth ALIVE! project proved successful in Oakland, CA and now will be replicated in a low-income area of south Los Angeles. Youth who accept the program receive ongoing intensive services for one year including counseling and assistance with job training and placement, court hearings, school and housing.
Chicago Project for Violence Prevention: Technical Assistance and Expansion of CeaseFire to Selected U.S. Cities
The Chicago Project for Violence Prevention is a collaborative public health approach to reducing violence that uses outreach, clergy, public education, and community mobilization to change norms and provide on-the-spot alternatives for highest risk persons. Four high-risk communities in Chicago have shown between 45% and 70% reductions in shootings using this approach. Violence is a leading cause of death in many U.S. cities, and this approach has received requests from other cities for technical assistance to learn more and adopt the approach. This Project will provide technical assistance to two cities to develop plans for adaptation of the CeaseFire approach, and will strengthen the Project's abilities to evaluate and provide information to other cities throughout the country.
Utilizing the popular meeting ground of basketball and volleyball courts, street outreach workers will connect with at-risk Cambodian, Latino and other gang-involved youth to promote healthier lifestyle choices, increase utilization of health insurance and health care services, and reduce violence. Lowell, MA is home to the second largest Cambodian population in the U.S. This community suffers from poverty, post-war stress and intergenerational conflicts evidenced in high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy and gang membership. The teen center will expand its Streetworker program, building on its successful record of gang mediation.
BRIDGE/S.P.A.N. - Safe Patient Advocacy Network
Lee Summit, MO
The project seeks to create a medical safety-net in area hospitals and clinics to address domestic violence. Presented by a coalition of six domestic violence agencies working together across two states and seven counties; the network provides domestic violence education to hospital and clinic staff, introduces universal screening for all female patients over fourteen and males with indicators, and provides twenty-four hour on-site advocacy to patients. Currently serving 24 hospitals and clinics, BRIDGE/S.P.A.N. strives to provide consistent high quality services to victims of domestic violence no matter where they access medical care in the metropolitan Kansas City community.
Children's Advocacy Project
The Children's Advocacy Project provides centralized, compassionate services to child victims of severe physical and sexual abuse. The project provides professional training and support that promotes coordinated investigation, treatment and prosecution.
Protect Our Kids - Preventing Exposure to Violence
Children's exposure to violence at home, at school, or in the neighborhood, is the single most powerful risk factor for generating violent individuals in our culture. Protect Our Kids, a non-profit grant-funded program available through Transitions Family Violence Services, offers assessment, information and referral services to Hampton children who've witnessed violence. Protect Our Kids also leads a community education campaign to increase awareness of problems associated with children's exposure to violence and to positively change the community's attitudes to preventing children's exposure to violence.
Kapi'olani Child At-Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program
Provide medical intervention to better diagnose signs/symptoms of child abuse: CARE will improve the ability of foster parent to provide care for the foster child & serve as centralized referral source for victims of abuse: CARE will prevent risk of re-abuse by providing forensic medical evidence and will be a resource for collecting medical data on the health status of children entering foster care.
Children Who Witness Violence Program
Program will provide early intervention to children who witness repetitive violence and instability in the home. The trauma of witnessing violence places children at high risk of depression, anxiety, and anger. The proposed intervention begins with police while investigating a domestic violence incident, and call-in referral of child witnesses to a 24 hour line. A team of two home visitors will respond within 30 minutes on site to focus on resolution of the crisis. Follow-up for the family and child will be provided. Subsequent home based interventions will assess needs and transition the family/child(ren) to ongoing trauma support services.
The Healing Arts
San Antonio, TX
This project uses the visual, performing and literary arts in conjunction with other services to promote healing and prevent subsequent unhealthy behavior among children and youth who have suffered emotional and physical trauma. Professional artists work closely with small groups engaged in drama, pottery, painting, writing or photography, helping the young people discover their creative talents as a way to express their pain and their hope. Based at a residential treatment center, the program integrates children into a social experience where art is the common denominator rather than past abuse.
The SAVE Program Interactive CD Rom
The primary goal is to improve access to care for adults with severe mental illness and substance use disorders by delivering an interactive safety and violence prevention training tool to mental health service providers.
Teen Intervention and Prevention Program - TIPP
San Francisco, CA
Provide adolescent-appropriate domestic violence counseling, support, and advocacy for battered and at-risk teens and their children/siblings.
The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families - Children's Advocacy Center
The Children's Advocacy Center provides a multi-disciplinary response to child victims of severe physical and sexual abuse. In addition, the Children's Advocacy Center serves the professionals involved in the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of such cases.
Living in a Non-Violent Community (LINC)
San Francisco, CA
LINC is a multidisciplinary system to prevent child exposure to domestic violence (DV) and to reduce the harmful effects of exposure to DV through culturally conscious education of children, parent, teachers, health care providers and child care providers, and crisis intervention and therapy for children and families experiencing DV.
The Chicago Project for Violence Prevention is a collaborative public health approach to reducing violence that uses outreach, clergy, public education, and community mobilization to change norms and provide on-the-spot alternatives for highest risk persons. Twelve high-risk communities in Chicago have shown between 45% and 92% reductions in shootings using this approach.
Children's Assault Treatment Services (C.A.T.S)
Van Nuys, CA
The Children's Assault Treatment Service program (CATS) is located in the San Fernando Valley, comprised of nearly 1.8 million residents. CATS is the only 24 hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week program in the San Fernando Valley and is dedicated to Children's Assault issues of prevention, treatment, and counseling. The CATS program provides compassionate, skilled treatment to children, ages 0-18 years, who have been traumatized by physical and/or sexual abuse.
Primary Care Screening and Domestic Violence Care Management
New York, NY
Program to integrate domestic violence screening and domestic violence care management into primary and behavioral health care services of a center-based health plan in two boroughs in New York City.
Task Force Against Domestic Violence
Tuba City, AZ
Provides counseling, safety, and education to control and eventually eliminate the causes of domestic abuse in certain areas of the Navajo Nation.
The Child Assessment Clinic
Health clinic for abused and neglected children.
Coordinated Services for Child Sexual Abuse Victims and their Families
Provide comprehensive, coordinated services to victims of child abuse and also to their families. Crisis intervention and support services will be provided during the initial disclosure period and services such as medical exams and treatment as well as housing, food and emergency financial aid will be provided to the victim and family.