Many times communities feel as if they are pulling domestic violence victims out of a river just before they reach a dangerous waterfall. As each woman is abused and seeks help, they reach in and pull them out. But eventually, there are too many women in the river and the advocates cannot reach them all. Focusing on prevention allows us as a community to move up stream and stop them from being pushed into the river in the first place.
Iowa Men's Action Network
This statewide group of men is working to end gender based violence in the state of Iowa. They welcome new members and send out a regular newsletter. Check out their web site to learn more about what they are up to.
Healthy Relationship Classes
In the summer of 2009, the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence began offering healthy relationship classes at the Iowa Juvenile Home/Girls' State Training School in Toledo, IA. Classes are once a week for six weeks, facilitated by college-aged students, and geared towards teens (12-17). Topics include: Defining Healthy Relationships, Setting Boundaries, Assertive Communication, Asking for Help, Owning your Sexual Power, and Breaking Up.
In the spring of 2010, the project expanded to include classes at the Polk County Detention Center. Children & Families of Iowa Domestic Violence Service (CFI/DVS) and Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo Amanecer (L.U.N.A.) are leading and managing the classes at the Polk County Detention Center in partnership with ICADV.
If you are interested in being a volunteer facilitator or getting a copy of the curriculum please contact the prevention coordinator.
ICADV and eleven of its member programs are partnering for a prevention readiness project. Over the course of a year, participating programs will undergo a community readiness assessment conducted by student interns. Programs will use the results of the assessment to develop action plans to improve their ability to successfully support prevention programming at their agency. For more information please contact the prevention coordinator.