Help Stop Violence Before It Starts
Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services strives to break the cycle of violence.
What is prevention?
Prevention is stopping the violence before it starts. By educating youth of all ages, the likelihood of them continuing to exhibit violent behavior is smaller.* The Wings of Hope Prevention Program teaches the community to be active bystanders and break the cycle of violence in order to make the community a safer place.
What is the prevention program?
Our prevention program aims to create a culture within schools to reduce first-time perpetration of dating and sexual violence, increase the number of non-violent relationships and interactions, and reduce cultural influences and change social norms supporting sexual violence. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) funds the program while the Oklahoma State Department of Health manages it.
The CDC uses a tool called the Social-Ecological Model (SEM) to show different strategies offered specific to a school community.**
Strategies may include:
1. Students (SEM Level: Individual)
- Strengthen knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, & skills for healthy relationships
- Example programs: after school lunch/club, awareness events, classroom presentations, senior seminar/"Boot Camp" life prep class
2. Parents/Caregivers and School Personnel (SEM Level: Relationship)
- Help parents/caregivers & school personnel identify & address violent attitudes & behaviors in kids
- Strengthen parents/caregivers & school personnel's skills for promoting healthy relationships & modeling positive behavior
- Implement bystander intervention training for students and staff
- Increase awareness among parents/caregivers & school personnel of available resources
- Example programs: bystander intervention training, coaches' team-focused prevention training, parent newsletters, parent talk/issues night, peer leadership council, staff development training, student advisory board, student council campaign, teacher classroom curriculum training
3. School Climate (SEM Level: Community)
- Identify hotspots & unsafe areas on school campuses to increase monitoring
- Implement social marketing campaigns addressing gender, sexuality, & sexual violence norms
- Respond effectively & consistently to incidents and disclosures
- Example programs: hallway & bathroom flyers, campus safety mapping (hotspot mapping), poster campaign/contest, public service announcements, school newspaper feature/website, social media campaign
4. School Policies and Norms (SEM Level: Societal)
- Promote norms supporting bystander skill-building, healthy sexuality, & positive relationships
- Implement school policies promoting prevention & providing support for victims
- Example programs: policy review, student incident report forms
To get more information about activities or presentations, call (405) 372-9922 and ask for the Prevention Program Coordinator, Hannah Dipasquale.
*Teens exposed to Safe Dates (a dating violence prevention curriculum) reported from 56% to 92% less dating violence victimization and perpetration at follow-up. Source: Foshee, Bauman, Ennett, Suchindran, Benefield & Linder. 2005. "Assessing the Effects of the Dating Violence Prevention Program 'Safe Dates' Using Random Coefficient Regression Modeling." Prevention Science 6:245-57.
**More about the Social-Ecological Model can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/overview/social-ecologicalmodel.html
What is a prevention presentation?
Our prevention presentations are interactive, evidence-based, and adapted to the ages and interests of the participants. We cover:
- Healthy relationships & teen dating violence
- Types of abuse & warning signs
- Digital abuse & healthy technology use
- Sexual assault prevention & consent
- Bystander intervention strategies & how to help a friend
Who participates in the prevention program?
Our program is geared toward 10 to 24-year-olds. We partner with middle and high schools, colleges, student organizations, camps, teams, churches, and community centers.
Why educate teens and young adults?
1 in 3 teens experience some kind of abuse in their dating relationship*, and 1 in 10 Oklahoma students experienced sexual dating violence in the past year. We know that young people can be instrumental in breaking the cycle of violence if they are offered positive tools to make good choices in their relationships.
We know no one can do everything, but we believe everyone can do something to prevent violence in our community.
*Liz Claiborne Inc. and Family Violence Prevention Fund. "Teen Dating Abuse 2009 Key Topline Findings
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. Help spread awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it! Find out more at http://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/teendvmonth/
If your school or group wants to be involved in #TDVAM2018, call (405) 372-9922, and ask for our Program Coordinator.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.* We must work together to educate our community about sexual violence prevention by supporting survivors and speaking out against harmful attitudes and actions. Prevention is possible when everyone gets involved, and the first step is increasing education, awareness, and community involvement. It’s time for all of us to take action to create a safer environment for all.
This year, Denim Day is on April 25th. We invite everyone to wear jeans on that day to show solidarity for victims of sexual assault. There will also be an event in the Student Union at Oklahoma State University the night of April 25th (more information to come). The story behind Denim Day is as follows:
For the past 19 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.*
Call (405) 372-9922 and ask for a member of the SAAM team for more information on how you can participate!
We presented to Stillwater High School for 4 weeks. Below are some examples of activities we did with the students!
The students were given cards with different situations that could happen in a relationship. They had to decide whether those situations were healthy, unhealthy, or abusive and put them on a spectrum at the front of the class!
During lunch, we tabled at the high school. Students could come up and make their own buttons!
Want to stay up to date on prevention? Enjoy our quarterly newsletter here: https://create.piktochart.com/output/24768666-prevention-newsletter
Interested in bringing prevention to your school or group?
If you would like to request a prevention presentation or receive more information, call: (405) 372-9922 and ask for our Prevention Program Coordinator, Hannah DiPasquale.