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Primary Prevention presentations available through Crisis Connection, Inc.


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Crisis Connection has speakers available to give workshops and presentations on a wide variety of topics. The length and content will be tailored specifically to your audience's need. Format is also adapted and can include video, power point, pre-and post-testing, pass-outs, interaction or a unique format designed for your particular circumstance.

Additionally, we can provide age-appropriate printed materials in English and Español available upon request.

Presentations are available for:

Schools (daycare to university)
Civic Organizations
Faith Communities
Employers
Law Enforcement
Prosecutors
Judges
Medical Personnel
First Responders
EMTs
Girl & Boy Scouts
Community Fairs
Health Fairs
Social Service Providers
Child Protective Services
Religion Classes
Athletic Teams
Prom Planning Committees
School Clubs

Suggested interdisciplinary strategies for integrating the curriculum include:

Art

  • Drawing the emotions of a victim advocate or social worker who works with victims of violent crime
  • Taking photos or making posters for Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault Awareness Months
  • Organizing art expression therapy for victims serviced by the local victim advocacy agency

Business

  • Preparing a study on the financial cost of domestic and sexual violence in our society and presenting the study to ten local employers

English

  • Read an insightful book such as: To Kill A Mockingbird
    • Speak
    • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    • The Gift of Fear
    • and then prepare a pamphlet on the effects of violence on young people and distribute to local teen centers

Music

  • Produce a skit about teen relationship violence and present at your school
  • Analyze ten different current songs for sexual content and violence

Science

  • Profile an acquaintance rapist
  • Profile an emotional or verbal batterer
  • Read and discuss a current article on sexual assault nurse examiners

Math

  • Conduct a statistical analysis of either state or national rape and domestic violence victimization figures; what does the data tell you are the probable victimization rates for your own community?

Social Studies

  • Study a time line of legislation affecting the treatment of women throughout history in the U.S. Have laws for males and females differed? What is the current status.

Physical Education

  • Study self-defense

Health

  • Study the role DNA analysis plays in crime investigation.
  • Discuss the physical and mental health issues associated with violent crimes
  • What should a victim of violent crime do?

FACS

  • Create awareness displays and hang throughout your school
  • Research families of survivors; what is the cost of violent crime to them?
  • Sew quilts and fabric bags for survivors
  • Create a Clothesline Project in conjunction with your local victim advocacy center

Industrial Tech

  • Brainstorm ideas for safer environments that could assist victims of domestic and sexual violence feel safer in their own homes

Sports

  • Discuss whether professional athletes are good role models in their personal lives. Find examples of good and bad models.
  • Use one of the following curriculums to learn how you have been impacted by violent images and how you can learn to be a good mentor for young children:
    • MVP Strategies
    • Wrestling with Manhood
    • Tough Guise
    • More Than a Few Good Men

Language

  • Study anti-violence campaigns from around the world; is the language the same as that used in the U.S. How is it the same? Different?

Additional Presentations Available

Inside & Out!
Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund.

Anti-Bullying
Curriculum focuses on what bullying is whether you are being bullied/you are the bully or you are a bystander, how to deal with it, and tools to overcome the behavior.

Child Safety
Curriculum contains materials on the concept of, "No, Go & Tell". It helps to learn to be smart but not scared. We also have access to ‘Kids on the Block’ puppets.

Sexual Harassment Prevention
Curriculum focuses on what sexual harassment consists of and what to do should it occur.

Acquaintance Rape
Curriculum helps debunk myth about date rape, what victims & people who care about them can do.

Predatory Drugs
Curriculum includes information on the various types of predatory drugs, their effects, some prevention techniques to avoid being drugged, and how to help someone if they are drugged.

Liz Claiborne’s Love Is Not Abuse
In 2006, our agency was picked as a pilot for this program. The Love Is Not Abuse program was developed by New York-based Liz Claiborne Inc.; the Education Development Center, a non-profit education and health organization; and Break the Cycle, a non-profit group that provides domestic-violence intervention services to youths ages 12 to 22. It focuses on relationship violence.

Choose Respect
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Prevention has developed a program entitled, Choose Respect.  The Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault is Indiana’s lead facilitator for the program and has chosen Crisis Connection, Inc. to serve as a pilot agency.

The Choose Respect initiative is in response to alarming reports of physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual dating abuse from youth.   Nearly 1.5 million high school students each year report being a victim of physical dating abuse.  The consequences of dating abuse can be severe and ultimately affect the healthy development of teens.  Those who have been abused, through no fault of their own, are more likely to: binge drink, get into fights, get poor grades, have low self-esteem, be depressed, attempt suicide, be victimized again and abuse their future partners.

The initiative focuses on youth 11-14 years old because their attitudes and behaviors are largely being shaped during this stage of growth.  Choose Respect helps youth identify the differences between healthy and unhealthy behavior and gives them skills to choose respectful relationships with friends.

The curriculum is based on the understanding that there is no single solution to prevent dating abuse among youth.  It goes beyond targeting youths’ attitudes, beliefs, and relationship skills. It also focuses on the physical and social environments that influence them daily.

Crisis Connection has a video for teens and another for adults. 

Some of the feedback already received from the participants:  “ I learned to always be respectful and open with adults that are there to help,” “Unhealthy relationships many times lead to violence,” and “Emotional abuse is just as bad as physical abuse.”  Please visit: Choose Respect

Media Awareness
Curriculum is focused on how media impacts our society’s attitudes, relationships & behavior in regard to issues of sexism, power, control and violence. It speaks to the effects of media (television, advertising, computer images, magazines, music) on our community; particularly, our children.

Journaling
Keeping a journal can help cultivate personal growth in many aspects of one’s life. This workshop helps participants learn about techniques, types and habits.

Gender Issues
Curriculum focuses on how males and females are perceived in our culture & the implications from those perceptions.

Internet/Technology Safety
Curriculum helps learn the dangers of technology – safe blogging, proper web surfing, cyberbullying, stalking, etc.

Healthy Relationships
Curriculum identifies what a healthy relationship is and the red flags of unhealthy relationships.

Faith Communities
Curriculum focuses how the faith community can better understand domestic and sexual violence; how people within the faith community can help with the issue by providing access to resources.

Workplace Violence
Curriculum particularly helps Human Resource personnel insure their organization has effective policies, how to conduct awareness campaigns and how to help their employees.

Stereotyping
Curriculum focuses on cultural stereotyping: gender, racial, religious, ableness, cultural, socio-economic, political, sexual orientation and age

Tolerance Tools & Awareness
This is a program designed to give the audience knowledge of tools that are readily available to understand prejudice and begin to address cultural competency issues.  Objectives include gaining a better understanding of tolerance and appreciation of diversity; sharing the impelling story of ‘6 Million Paper Clips’ (the miracle of a small school in Tennessee creating a Holocaust Museum); sharing an overview of the work of Jane Elliott – her classic exercise of ‘a class divided’ labels students based on the color of their eyes and sharing various tools from resources as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Child Welfare League.

Detecting, Investigating & Treating Non-lethal Strangulation Cases
Curriculum helps medical & law enforcement personnel identify and deal with strangulation issues.

Law Enforcement
Curriculum focuses on how the law enforcement community can best serve victims of crime. We also have information on victims’ rights and legal implications.

Medical Community
Curriculum includes screening techniques, how to handle abuse during pregnancy, documentation, how to best help survivors, emergency issues, etc. We also have information available about the SANE program (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners).

Human Trafficking
Trafficking victims, trafficking in persons, or human trafficking—is a form of modern-day slavery. Traffickers often prey on individuals who are poor, frequently unemployed or underemployed, and who may lack access to social safety nets, predominantly women and children in certain countries. Victims are often lured with false promises of good jobs and better lives, and then forced to work under brutal and inhuman conditions. Curriculum focuses on the worldwide issues of trafficking.

Scouting

Boy Scouts: Facilitate earning of the ‘Crime Prevention’ badge and the Child Protection component of their program.  

Girl Scouts: Facilitate earning achievements as:  Raintree Council’s Violence Against Women patch; Studio 2B Take Charge; Defy Self Doubt and Anti-Bullying (http://www.studio2b.org/life/self/girlslife_antibully.pdf); Studio 2B Uniquely Me/The Real Deal; Studio 2B Express It; Couch Potato Interest Patch and Studio 2B Looking In/Reaching Out.  See www.studio2b.org for more information on the programs.    We also facilitate ‘Staying Safe for Girls’ – it is designed to help girls (and the people who care for them) learn ways to better ensure their personal safety. Created with input from girls ages 4 to 17, the series is a component of P.A.V.E. (Project Anti-Violence Education) the Way, a national Girl Scout violence intervention initiative funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  See www.girlscouts.org for more information on patch itself.   (“No Way!” is for Girls ages 4-6; “Don’t Go There!” is for Girls ages 6-8; “I Don’t Think So!” is for Girls ages 8-11).    The curriculum for the three age levels is very similar (internet safety, general safety tips, inappropriate touching, harassment/bullying and violence prevention).

‘101’
The ‘101’ classes can deal with basic understanding of:

Respect
Curriculum focuses on self-respect, positive self-talk and assertive communication. It can also provide information on dealing with emotions, i.e. anger, frustration, etc.

Service Learning
Curriculum provides opportunities for service to community (i.e. organizing a drive for our agency; volunteering for projects at our office; conducting awareness campaigns, etc.)

Natural Helpers
Natural Helpers is a peer based helping program designed for middle and high school students who want to strengthen their communication and helping skills by providing support and service to others. Natural Helpers is based on a simple premise: students naturally seek out other trustworthy students, and occasionally teachers, for advice, assistance, or just a sympathetic ear.

Safety
Curriculum can focus on a variety of issues including:

Stress Management
Understanding that ineffective stress management skills can lead to violence, this workshop provides tools on how to handle stressors in one’s life.

Abuse
Curriculum deals with what abuse is and the cycle of violence and understanding the dynamics of power and control.

Conflict Resolution
Curriculum provides some concrete materials on how to fight fairly and resolve challenges.

Indiana Protective Orders

Advocate’s Role within the SART

What is Men’s Batterers’ Intervention?


All discussions will include the behaviors and mind-sets that contribute to men’s violent crimes, use of safety plans and the healing process itself. We believe that education is the key to:

  1. Exposing the secret of men’s violence and abuse;
  2. Breaking the generational cycle that is so common with domestic and sexual assault;
  3. Recognizing the signs & symptoms of men’s domestic and sexual violence; and,
  4. Holding the perpetrator – rather than his victims – accountable for his choice to be violent.

To schedule a speaker, contact the Community Education Department. They will provide a curriculum vitae of the speaker as well as references from previous clients if so desired.

Our staff of professional advocates is experienced in individual and group counseling with survivors of both domestic and sexual violence, as well as their family members, friends and co-workers. Additional services include: court and emergency room advocacy, law enforcement advocacy, safe homes, support groups, a 24-hour hotline, information and referral, and Men’s Batterers Intervention Program (BIP). Contact our Advocacy Department for more information or assistance.


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