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In 2013, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence celebrated its eleventh year of partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the award of the DELTA FOCUS grant.

DELTA FOCUS stands for Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances, Focusing on Outcomes for Communities United with States.

It is a five-year cooperative agreement funding ten state domestic violence coalition grantees to engage in primary prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV).

DELTA FOCUS was a highly competitive grant; only ten applicants in the country were selected to continue working on IPV primary prevention, and Rhode Island was one of them.

Through this grant, the RICADV has the opportunity to conduct state-level advocacy and systems change 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.

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
  • Creating a foundation for building practice-based evidence for intimate partner violence prevention programming

The goals within Rhode Island include:

  • Increasing 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 engaged in the primary prevention of intimate partner violence, including increased awareness of the relationship between gender roles, social norms, hypermasculinity, and intimate partner violence
  • Building social capital and community connectedness among Rhode Island residents

DELTA FOCUS places greater emphasis on evaluation than previous DELTA funding cycles. By collecting data in a systematic and intentional way, the RICADV will participate in the creation of a national body of evidence to support the efficacy of primary prevention programming. Additionally, this innovative work will enable the RICADV to link implemented strategies with observed changes in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors among individuals and communities throughout RI.

The RICADV continues to work alongside its multi-disciplinary Leadership Team to plan, implement, and evaluate statewide prevention strategies.

Members of the Leadership Team are:

  • Ann Burke, President, Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund
  • Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, RICADV
  • Sarah DeCosta-Marsland, DELTA Organizer, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
  • Christina Garcia, Youth Advocate & Manager of Teen Dating Violence Prevention, Sojourner House
  • Zulma Garcia, Director of Policy, RICADV
  • Kim Harris, Adolescent Health Specialist, RI Department of Health
  • Sandra Malone, Coordinator of Prevention Education, Day One
  • Beatriz Perez, Violence and Injury Prevention Director, SafeRI - RI Department of Health
  • Lucy Rios, Director of Prevention and Public Education, RICADV
  • Emily Rothman ScD, Sr. Empowerment Evaluator, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Claire Spaulding McVicker, Executive Director, Katie Brown Educational Program
  • Sam Viner-Brown, Chief of the Center for Health Data and Analysis, RI Department of Health
  • Jessica Walsh, Director of Prevention, Women's Resource Center
  • Cristina E. Williams, Communications and Public Relations Manager, RICADV