2015 New Year’s Resolution Challenge: Make Prevention a Priority

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? As we enter 2015 challenge yourself to add one more resolution to the list: Make intimate partner violence prevention a priority. You don’t need to be the prevention advocate or even work in the domestic violence field to work toward the prevention of intimate partner violence. The idea of preventing intimate partner violence can be overwhelming but we CAN make a difference. We can challenge the social norms that foster violence, we can support healthy relationships and we can be a role model for young people.

Talking with young people about healthy relationships is important but conversations are not enough. Adults need to model healthy relationship for young people. We need to ask: Are we modeling healthy relationship skills for the young people in our lives? Click here for information from The National Domestic Violence Hotline on healthy relationships. Anyone can make intimate partner violence a priority by taking the steps to role model healthy relationships. 

Even adults can struggle with healthy relationships. It takes work and skill development to create a healthy relationship. You do not need all the answers to model healthy behavior. In fact, it’s ok to be honest about the challenges. Healthy relationships do not magically happen, they take work. We need to show the young people in our lives the work it takes to create a healthy relationship. We all feel jealousy at times but that doesn't mean we can look through our partner’s phone or stop them from participating in activities.

Start your 2015 Prevention Resolution by asking yourself:
  • What are your best relationship skills?
  • What relationship skills are you still developing?
  • How do you talk about your partner and your relationship with young people?
  • Are you showing the young people in your life about how to create a healthy relationship?
As you explore your relationship and ability to model healthy relationships, check out Stand 4 Respect. Stand 4 Respect is a website from the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence in collaboration with their Youth Council. This website offers great information and tools for engaging young people and adults to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating violence.

The challenge is on: how are you making prevention a priority in 2015?

New Laws Relevant to School-Based Dating Abuse Prevention

Are you ready for 2015? While you may not be ready to ring in the New Year, you can be prepared for a new year of prevention work! Click here for the Partnership’s fact sheet on new laws relevant to school-based abuse prevention.  

A busy Year 1 in Mariposa!

The Alliance for Community Transformations in Mariposa had a busy and productive first year of the DELTA FOCUS project.  In keeping with the core components of the project, the Alliance has focused on Evaluation, Informing Policy, Communications, and Partnership Building. Year 1 was a great start on all of these components, and we're all looking forward to continuing to build on this work for the current and upcoming years of the project.

The Alliance DELTA Focus Team!

Here are the highlights of their work so far:


  • Completed an evaluability assessment which describes the project design including project goals and impacts; theory of change; strategies; inputs and outputs; outcomes; and describes some of the factors that will shape the project’s implementation.
  • Completed an evaluation plan which addresses specific aspects of the evaluation process such as data collection methods and the frequency and timing under which it will occur; key questions; data management and analysis tasks; and steps for reporting.
  • Developed a number of evaluation tools that will help us gather data related to our project objectives: strategic communications; policy analysis and development; and partnership building and community mobilization.
  • Implemented the evaluations tools and collected baseline data.

Informing Policy

  • Researched and analyzed current policies, protocols, and procedures in order to develop policy analysis and education resources.
  • Identified areas in current school and district policy that have intersections with preventing dating abuse.
  • Conducted trainings with the Adolescent Dating Abuse Sub-Committee of the Mariposa Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MAPC) addressing the Social-Ecological Model and the importance of policy in prevention efforts.


  • Attended a public narratives training in St. Paul, Minnesota, which helped us to begin the process of translating values into action and understand how we will be creating new narratives around Dating Abuse.
  • Identified and promoted new narratives, frames, and messages around the issue of dating abuse that include:
    • An emphasis on ways that young people can create and maintain healthy relationships
    • A shift in the terminology from teen dating violence to adolescent relationship abuse
    • Using policy as a method of prevention
  • Pinpointed four audiences for whom new narratives, frames, and messages will be delivered: champions and partners in the education system; school district employees; parents and other caregivers; youth; and community partners.


  • Organized a dating abuse sub-committee that includes partners from important community organizations: public health, Sherriff’s department, youth center, school district, and health and human services.
  • Provided training to the sub-committee that focused on institutionalizing primary prevention principles, concepts, and practices, and explained the ways in which the DELTA FOCUS project aims to prevent dating abuse and intimate partner violence on community and societal levels.

Community Mobilization

  • Garnered support and buy-in for the project from partners and potential champions through in-person meetings, project briefings, and informal discussions.
  • Created a prevention plan and a prevention sustainability plan that, with help from our sub-committee, will aid us in institutionalizing prevention within our community.
  • Recognized areas in our community where prevention is already institutionalized and highlighted areas where more institutionalization is needed.

PreventIPV - Supporting a Unified National Prevention Movement; Promoting Best Practice Strategies, Tools, and Lessons Learned

PreventIPV, a project of the IPV Prevention Council, supports a unified national prevention movement promoting best practice strategies, tools, and lessons learned by state/territory coalitions and community-based prevention programs across the United States. 
 omestic Violence Task Force of San Luis Obispo County - See more at: http://www.preventipv.org/materials/beat-punch-tool-kit#sthash.XkXrSIe6.dpuf
Domestic Violence Task Force of San Luis Obispo County - See more at: http://www.preventipv.org/materials/beat-punch-tool-kit#sthash.XkXrSIe6.dpuf
Domestic Violence Task Force of San Luis Obispo County - See more at: http://www.preventipv.org/materials/beat-punch-tool-kit#sthash.XkXrSIe6.dpuf