Our Outreach Department shares a message of safety and hope within the community. Often thought of as a private issue, domestic violence (DV) is, in fact, a social, business, and health priority that impacts our entire community. Our Community Education program uses storytelling, lectures, and interactive lessons to change societal attitudes and beliefs, end the stigma associated with DV, and help communities learn to identify and support victims.
Educating our young people about bullying is critical to preventing violence in adulthood, as evidenced by a 2010 study by the Harvard School of Public Health. For the first time, research documented what many professionals had suspected for some time – children who bully are four times more likely to physically abuse their intimate partners as adults.
This speaks to the importance of breaking the silence on the topics of bullying, sexual harassment, family violence, and sexual assault. We also provide education with an emphasis on what bystanders can do to prevent violence and help victims before it’s too late. Each year, our Outreach staff addresses close to 45,000 students and other members of our community!