Flash Mob for Shelter House (NWFL)

One of our sister centers and fellow DELTA sites (DELTA is our main funding stream through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Shelter House, coordinated a flash mob at their local shopping center and theater just in time for the release of the final Twilight film. Needless to say, it was a big hit! Check out their hard work below.

Monsters in the Closet

Check out this new PSA put out by the Verizon Foundation. Just in time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October). The video does a great job discussing the cycle of violence and the effects witnessing violence in the home has on youth.

What are your thoughts? What are other ways of raising awareness?

NEW! Prevention Blog: opt4

It’s no secret, part of creating social change involves partnerships, coalitions and allies. We at Peaceful Paths Violence Prevention Program are fortunate enough to be part of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV). Through our coalition and our largest grant, the DELTA Project, we’re constantly in touch with other violence prevention advocates, coordinators, directors and amazing agents of social change on a very frequent basis. One of our friends in the Clearwater area just launched their very own Prevention Team blog! The blog is called opt4, as in opt for change, opt for peace, opt4 equality… I’m totally digging it. At the blog you’ll find awesome food for thought, news in prevention, and much more from the team at The Haven of RCS. Go team, go! And welcome to the blogosphere!

If You Really Knew Me

You have undoubtedly seen the recent news stories highlighting the prevalence and severity of bullying and violence among students within US schools. Its fair to say, no community is immune to this growing social problem.

Recently, MTV announced a new summer series called “If You Really Knew Me”, which documents students at schools around the country learning to value and appreciate each other through focused exercises and activities aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of one another.

The primary focus of the series is on bullying and not explicitly about dating violence. However, we know that bullying and dating violence have the same risk and protective factors. While primary prevention of intimate partner violence focuses on gender stereotypes and how rigid gender roles contribute to dating violence, it is important to spend time talking about how all stereotypes affect us and recognize that all forms of oppression contribute to violence within our society. Racism, homophobia, sexism, ableism, classism all factor into how people may or may not treat one another.

Here are some questions to ponder: Where do the ideas and messages that make up stereotypes come from? How does it feel to be categorized or placed in a box that you don’t identify with?

Kudos to MTV for creating this series and showing how Challenge Day is one step in the process for true social change. You can view the trailer here.

Primary Prevention in British Schools

Univeristy of Kentucky’s VIP Center: Green Dot Strategy

Our previous Director of Violence Prevention sent us information about the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center at the University of Kentucky.  We’re impressed that UK has such a center and it looks like they’ve been doing some great work.

The VIP Center works with faculty, staff, students and community partners toward the mission of eliminating the perpetration of power-based personal violence including sexual assault, partner violence and stalking.

The Green Dot strategy is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence across all levels of the socio-ecological model. Informed by social change theory, the model targets all community members as potential bystanders, and seeks to engage them, through awareness, education and skills-practice, in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm, as well as reactive interventions in high-risk situations – resulting in the ultimate reduction of violence. Specifically, the program proposes to target socially influential individuals from across community subgroups. The goal is for these groups to engage in a basic education program that will equip them to integrate moments of prevention within existing relationships and daily activities. By doing so, new norms will be introduced and those within their sphere of influence will be significantly influenced to move from passive agreement that violence is wrong, to active intervention.

Perhaps UF could adapt this amazing idea and apply it to their campus here in Gainesville.  That’d be just way cool.

Cool Prevention Stuff

For this week’s installment, I’m highlighting a wonderful organization out of Chicago called Women & Girls Collective Action Network.  Women & Girls CAN recently published a very insightful report called “Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence.”  This report highlights not only all the cool prevention work being done in Chicago (including one of my favorite organizations, the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team but also the movement nation wide to bring a community effort to preventing violence.