Local community-based programs are very important to the work to prevent domestic violence.

By educating the public, organizing formal community groups, and strengthening informal social networks, we can cultivate social cohesion, which studies show leads to lower rates of domestic violence.

Through the DELTA FOCUS grant, we are able to support prevention work in the local communities of two RICADV member agencies, the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center and the Women's Resource Center.

Cranston – Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center

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  • MVP

One program that EBCC implements is a bystander intervention program called Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP).

The goal of this program is to increase the number of parents, youth and educators who have the tools for bystander intervention, including increased knowledge of domestic violence and the ways that bystanders can help.

Bystander intervention gets the whole community involved in the work to end domestic violence and sends a positive message that domestic violence is being addressed and will not be tolerated.

Newport – Women's Resource Center

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  • 2014 Mural Project

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Mural ProjectCommunities that are more connected experience less domestic violence.

In 2014, the Women's Resource Center (WRC) invited the community to participate in the #CaptureNewport Photo Project, where particpants shared images of Newport on social media, and in the Hunter Park "All the Colors of Us" Community Mural, created by professional artists and community members.

The Clothesline Project was completed by the Social Justice Team, a group of students from The MET in Newport.

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It represents how teens' past environments have shaped who they are today and the ways that their future environments can support them in achieving their goals.

One teen focused on her difficulty coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community while being part of a family that had deep ties to the faith community.

Another teen focused on her experience being bullied and the steps that the community needs to take to prevent bullying.

Clothesline ProjectYet another teen focused on her experiences of many forms of domestic violence and her goals for the future.

"Raising awareness about domestic violence and educating the public is extremely important. However, research is showing that, as domestic violence prevention advocates, we don't necessarily need to talk about domestic violence in order to prevent it. If we focus on building healthy relationships within the community, then the prevalence of domestic violence will decrease." - Mallory, Community Organizer, WRC

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