Education and Prevention
Women In Distress has embraced an ambitious goal to stop violence before it begins. Prevention not only requires understanding the factors that influence violence, it also includes efforts to promote healthy relationships and a 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.
In Broward County Public Title 1 Schools, Women In Distress education and prevention specialists facilitate evidence-based and school board approved curriculum throughout the year. 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.