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The Domestic Violence Prevention Fund (DVPF) was established in 2016 by the Rhode Island General Assembly R.I.G.L. § 12-29-12, creating a fund which has as its primary purpose the prevention of domestic violence and dating violence.

The DVPF will be administered by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and will be used to promote evidence-informed primary prevention programs in Rhode Island aimed at stopping intimate partner violence before it starts.

Funded projects address shared risk and protective factors for violence and have a primary focus on changing systems, policies, social and cultural norms, and community conditions that allow intimate partner violence to occur.

A total of $180,000 will be distributed annually three Implementation Project awards for about $55,000 per year, and two Community Micro-grants (one for about $5,000 and another for about $10,000 per year).

Learn more about the 2017 funded projects below!

Implementation Project Awards

Priority was given to proposals that focused on altering norms, policies, and community conditions that impact girls and boys of color and LGBTQ and Two-Spirit youth, and that support the implementation of the Lindsay Ann Burke Act in schools.

  • Progreso Latino

  • Sojourner House

  • YWCA RI

Progreso Latino is a community based organization located in Central Falls whose mission is to empower Rhode Island’s Latino and immigrant communities to achieve greater self-sufficiency and socioeconomic progress by providing transformational programs that support personal growth and social change.

Progreso Latino received a $55,000 Implementation Project award to execute Teen & Adult Prevention Program (TAPP), a prevention program that will use a holistic public health approach to build the community’s capacity to address intimate partner violence in the Blackstone Valley area.

TAPP will create youth and adult social action groups that will assess community challenges and then mobilize the community to identify and lead social change efforts and policy reforms. Progreso Latino has partnered with the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, the local domestic violence agency in that area, to provide domestic violence prevention education to social action groups and local schools.

Sojourner House is the local domestic violence agency serving Providence and Northern Rhode Island. The organization's mission is to promote healthy relationships by providing culturally sensitive support, advocacy, and education for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and to effect systems change.

Sojourner House received a $55,000 Implementation Project award to launch Interpersonal Violence Youth Peer Advocacy Network Program in the communities of Providence and Woonsocket.

With support from three community based youth serving organizations, Youth Pride Inc., Youth In Action, and Youth Works 411, and the Providence Student Union, Sojourner House will train youth activists and establish a peer advocacy program that will support schools with the implementation of the Lindsay Ann Burke Act.

YWCA Rhode Island is a social justice organization and movement providing direct service to, collaborating with, and advocating on behalf of the most structurally disenfranchised people in our society, including low-wage workers, the unemployed, women and girls, people of color, English language learners, immigrants, survivors of abuse, members of the LGBTQ community, as well as current military and veterans.

YWCA Rhode Island received a $55,000 Implementation Project award to train educators, youth workers, service providers, and community members on the historical and current ways that institutional and structural racism impact girls of color and to provide a proven practice for building resiliency in girls.

Community Micro-Grant Awards

Priority was given to short-term projects that foster and increase community cohesion through public awareness, education, and the arts, and that help community members make a personal connection to the issue of intimate partner violence by encouraging bystanders to take action.

  • Princes 2 Kings

  • Youth in Action

Princes 2 Kings is a multicomponent program that combines academics and tutoring in STEAM, as well as athletics, mentoring, cultural enrichment activities, and workforce development for program participants year-round, with a goal of improving high school graduation rates among middle school and high school males of color in the West End and South Side of Providence.

Princes 2 Kings received a $5,000 Community Micro-grant to develop an engaging and educational stop-motion animation film addressing teen dating violence. The script will be developed by the program participants, and they will also perform, record, and edit the film.

Youth in Action is a youth-led organization whose focus is on engaging youth to be full participants and leaders in their communities, serving as agents of social change. Youth In Action (YIA) uses digital media arts, community health, and student centered techniques to engage youth and build a context for passion and closing the achievement gap.

Youth In Action received a $10,000 Community Micro-grant to support the development and implementation of a series of youth-designed community events in 2017.

Youth In Action will:

  • provide YIA staff training on recognizing, responding, and referring families experiencing IPV;
  • develop a youth-led film and discussion series for 75 young people; and
  • launch a social media campaign to create awareness and drive participation in the film and discussion series.