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.

Through this grant, we have the opportunity to conduct state-level advocacy and systems change work while supporting intensely-focused work in the local communities of two RICADV member agencies, the Women's Resource Center and the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center.


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
  • Increasing the number of men in Rhode Island who are engaged in the primary prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV), including increased awareness of the relationship between gender roles, social norms, hypermasculinity, and IPV
  • 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

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