Public Education & Prevention Programs
DVCCC provides FREE educational and prevention programs to help the community better understand the issue of domestic violence, identify abuse and unhealthy behaviors in relationships, and safely and appropriately intervene or seek help. Below is a list of several educational programs DVCCC offers – if you are interested in something, but do not see it listed, please contact the Director of Education Programs for more information.
Domestic Violence & DVCCC Services Overview:
DVCCC works with each group to tailor this presentation to the needs of various unique audiences. Domestic Violence is a prevalent issue in our society, affecting 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men each year. DVCCC provides a general presentation overview of Domestic Violence. This presentation provides information about the definition of domestic abuse, statistics, the cycle of abuse, red flags/warning signs, how to help a friend/loved one, as well as resources/options available for those seeking help.
Teen Dating Abuse:
The Types, Cycles, and Red Flags of Abusive Relationships
Did you know that 1 in 3 teens, regardless of gender identity, experience some sort of dating abuse each year? DVCCC is proud to partner with various schools and community youth organizations in Chester County (middle schools, high schools, and colleges) to provide in-class presentations for students that cover the issue of Dating Violence. The presentation can range from 45 – 90 minutes, depending on the need and level of student interaction.
Program objectives are to:
Increase teens’ knowledge of DVCCC services and resources.
Educate teens on the types, signs, and patterns/cycles of abuse.
Equip teens with skills to identify signs of abuse and to help themselves/others.
Personalize the experience of survivors for teens.
Foster a safe and trusting environment to encourage help-seeking.
Coaching Boys into Men and Coaching Girls Beyond the Game
Provided in partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Coaching Boys Into Men and Coaching Girls Beyond the game are evidence-based violence prevention programs that utilize the strong relationships between coaches and their athletes to address important topics each week. DVCCC trains coaches of high school athletic programs to integrate a series of 15-20 minute, weekly conversations – ranging in topics from personal responsibility and cyberbullying to handling aggression and consent – into their locker rooms, serving as role models for their athletes on – and off – the field.
If you are interested in learning more about Coaching Boys Into Men, Coaching Girls Beyond the Game, or scheduling a coaches training, contact the program Coordinator:
Amelia Rayburn-Pizzica at email@example.com
Lethality Assessment Program (LAP):
Chester County’s Law Enforcement officers are often the first line of defense for victims of crime, especially Domestic Violence. When our police are able to identify a dangerous or lethal situation and provide victim-centered and trauma-informed support during emergencies, they are setting the stage for a positive transition to survivor safety. DVCCC trains local police and partners with the departments to identify victims of domestic violence, assess their safety, and immediately connect them to our agency – all while still on the scene!
If you are interested in learning more about the LAP program or scheduling a law enforcement training, contact the LAP Coordinator:
Ashley Folchman – firstname.lastname@example.org
This 90-minute educational program, open to tweens (parents/guardians may accompany them) between ages 11 – 14, features an age-appropriate animated film from the creators of Toy Story to help illustrate the very scary and very real issue of trafficking with those at highest risk. Activities and conversations in this interactive workshop cover the tactics traffickers use to manipulate, recruit, and groom children into the trafficking industry and how tweens can step up, speak out, and help friends they are concerned about.
DVCCC Education Team Staff are trained and certified through the One Love Foundation to provide One Love’s evidence-informed programming to middle, high school, and college-aged groups. These programs include:
Couplets: for Middle and High School-aged students, using a series of short, animated clips, this workshop empowers young people to recognize unhealthy signs before they turn abusive. It also enables them to practice healthier behaviors with their peers and partners
Behind the Post: for High School and College-aged students, this workshop explores all 10 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship and is your go-to for educating about digital abuse and social media.
Friendlets: for 4th – 9th-grade students, this workshop uses five 45-second animations that focus on the nuances and complexities of friendships, showing common scenarios play out in both healthy and unhealthy ways
MVP: for Middle and High School-aged masculine-identifying people, this workshop looks at the challenges of navigating an unhealthy relationship.
Domestic Violence & Health Care Providers:
Did you know that 37% of victims of domestic violence feel safest disclosing their abuse to a health care provider? Nurses, doctors, and others in this field are poised to identify and assess individuals early on in the cycle of abuse and to provide them with support and assistance in documenting abuse and seeking services. DVCCC provides educational presentations tailored to the needs of the medical community, to provide our county’s health care workers with the skills needed to identify and assist victims of abuse.
To learn more about or schedule presentations, workshops, or programming – or to have DVCCC on hand with a table of materials at an upcoming event,
contact the Director of Education Programs:
Amelia Rayburn – email@example.com