|Women In Distress has embraced an ambitious goal to stop violence before it begins. Prevention not only requires understanding the factors that influence violence, efforts also should attempt to promote healthy relationships and change in knowledge and behaviors at all levels of society. In order to achieve this, Women In Distress provides education to youth and adults about:
- the dynamics of intimate partner violence and teen dating violence
- the various social constructs that perpetuate violence
- boundaries and expectations within a healthy relationship
- the interplay between domestic violence and other social issues: STDs/STIs, substance abuse, poverty, mental and physical health, etc.
In order to:
- connect community residents to services
- change social and community attitudes and conditions that contribute to violence; establish social norms that make violence unacceptable.
Women In Distress utilizes a comprehensive approach to educate traditional and non-traditional partners in order to stimulate a coordinated community response to violence prevention, addressing underlying social problems on an individual, institutional, community, and societal basis.
Our comprehensive programming reaches all four levels of the CDC’s suggested model for violence prevention. Free educational presentations are available for schools (mainstream and alternative, afterschool programs, etc.), professionals (legal, medical, etc.), front line service providers (youth serving agencies, treatment facilities, homeless shelters, etc.), community events, and for the general public.
The goal is to bring together the talents, resources and skills of people in the community in order to increase their collective power and work for social change — in this case, to eliminate family violence.
National Recognition for Domestic Violence Awareness Month &
Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month