DELTA FOCUS is a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding ten state domestic violence coalitions to engage in the primary prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV), aiming to stop IPV before it occurs.

DELTA FOCUS was a highly competitive grant; the CDC selected only ten applicants from across the country to continue working on IPV primary prevention, and the RICADV was one of them.


DELTA FOCUS places greater emphasis on evaluation than previous DELTA funding cycles. By collecting data in a systematic and intentional way, the RICADV is participating in the creation of a national body of evidence to support the efficacy of primary prevention programming.

This innovative, groundbreaking work will also enable the RICADV to connect implemented primary prevention strategies with observed changes in the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors among individuals and communities throughout RI, all with the goal of preventing domestic violence in our state.

State-Level Goals

The goals of DELTA FOCUS within Rhode Island include:

  • Increasing the enhancement, integration, and institutionalization of primary prevention principles, concepts, and practices within youth-serving community-based agencies, domestic violence agencies, schools, and national prevention partners
  • Collaborating across sectors to address the social, environmental, and structural determinants of health to contribute to the prevention of IPV. Social and environmental determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age that impact people’s opportunity to live a healthy life. Structural determinants of health include systems, policies, and norms that structure the opportunities of health for individuals. The field of public health is demonstrating that both social and structural determinants can be and should be changed to address the health inequities that exist across groups.
National-Level Goals

The national-level goals of this five-year DELTA FOCUS project include:

  • Identifying promising prevention strategies and describing them using case studies
  • Promoting the prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV)
  • Creating a foundation for building practice-based evidence for IPV prevention programming

At the end of the five-year program, anticipated outcomes for DELTA FOCUS are:

  • Changes in programs, processes, structures and other social determinants of health at state and local levels that have the potential to impact IPV
  • Increases in protective factors and reductions in risk factors for IPV
  • Establishment of a program evaluation database on violence prevention strategies that will contribute to the evidence base for IPV prevention at the societal and community levels of the social ecology
Community-Based Prevention Initiatives

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 Newport, an area served by the Women's Resource Center, a member agency of the RICADV.

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  • 2014 Mural Project

  • Clothesline Project

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.

Social Justice Team

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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