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DOVE is building a program aimed at changing societal beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence.
Our Community Outreach is a combination of connection, prevention, and advocacy. From trainings on bystander intervention, financial empowerment, and self-defense, to talks on the root causes of domestic violence. We are educating our community on how to help others.
The Green Dot strategy is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence across all levels of the socio-ecological model.
Green Dot enables individuals to use their existing influence to reset social norms – from silence and inaction – to 1) active intolerance of violence, and 2) the expectation that everyone will do her/his part to ensure community safety.
Green Dot is a community-based program that utilizes a comprehensive approach to preventing power-based personal violence by capitalizing on the effectiveness of peer and cultural influence.
Green Dot seeks to engage individuals through creating a personal connection to the issue of violence (e.g., through overview/inspirational speeches), and educates community members by providing them with the tools and skills needed to increase their likelihood of becoming proactive and reactive bystanders.
In more plain language, Green Dot gives people skills to interrupt violent behavior or language in ways that are comfortable for them. It helps take the fear out of interrupting and gives folks a few ideas to keep up their sleeves that would work in a majority of situations either here on island (with peeps you know) or off-island (where the people are likely strangers).
Green Dot trainers are also trained advocates and islanders: Nyn Grey and Tracie Mach.
Contact us if you would like to learn more about/ or schedule a training on Green Dot!
Cut it Out
CUT IT OUT is dedicated to mobilizing salon/spa professionals and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the United States.
DOVE is a certified CUT IT OUT Trainer. Contact us to schedule a one hour training.
Vashon SAFE (sexual assault free establishments) is a new collective of island bars & restaurants that is promoting a dialogue around alcohol impairment and sexual assault. SAFE is working together to promote an environment of safety in island establishments. SAFE will be rolling out educational trainings to inform staff about drugs and alcohol as it relates with sexual assault. And, SAFE is working together to create safe plans in the event someone is drugged or overly intoxicated and therefore more susceptible to sexual assault. We are watching. This is the first step of an ongoing process.
Contact us for more information on Vashon SAFE events, including bar staff training on sexual assault.
R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) is a type of self-defense specifically created for women and girls. In 2016, DOVE trained 9 islanders in R.A.D. Trainings for women and girls will be ongoing! Stay tuned for the next dates or contact us so we can put you on the email list.
DOVE Speaks airs on Voice of Vashon, VoV, 101.9FM on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 6:30. It is a show that discusses topics around healthy relationships, root causes of violence, violence in our culture, and prevention initiatives. If you have questions that you want answered, contact us anonymously.
In their Shoes
Designed with the classroom in mind, In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence – Classroom Edition is an engaging way to talk about dating violence and healthy relationships with young people in one class period. Participants become one of six characters based on the experiences of real teens including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia, and stalking. They make choices about their relationships and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their dating partner, family, friends, counselors, police, and others.
Contact us if you would like to find out more.
A 9-week Financial empowerment course was run in 2015 and 2016. Topics included:
· Setting and Meeting Financial Goals Banking
· Checking Accounts
· Budgeting your Money
· How to Save on a Limited Income
· How to Get and Read your Credit Report
· Improving your Credit
· Managing your Debt
· Federal Income Taxes/EITC
· Financial Aid for School
· Domestic Violence and finances
· Finding a Place to Live
· Tenants Rights
· Protecting yourself with Insurance
Contact us if you are interested in this class coming back.