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.

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.

We’re Blogging!

Hi everyone,

Welcome to our new blog!  We wanted to start a blog because everyone else we know has one, too.  Okay, not quite, but we did want to have a place where people in our community can find information, links, and updates about what we’re up to and prevention in general. 

Feel free to email us if you have a topic to suggest–or leave it in comments!