Our Prevention team works with community members throughout our service area to find ways of promoting healthy relationships and communities.
Agencies from across Massachusetts have recognized REACH for our expertise.
While it's hard to think that your children could become victims or perpetrators of dating violence or that it could be prevalent in your own community, one of the best ways to protect children is to increase awareness that dating violence is present in adolescence.
Daisy is alone with her uncle when he touches her and tells her to keep it a secret.
Children learn the difference between good and bad secrets, how to identify a safe grown-up, and that if abuse happens it is never their fault.
A child can be an “indirect victim” of IPV as a witness and still face the serious consequences of the abuse.
Through programs such as CHOP’s STOP IPV, which provides support for IPV screening by healthcare providers in order to identify families experiencing IPV and allows for intervention to minimize the adverse effects of childhood IPV exposure, this cycle of violence can be interrupted.
Our domestic violence Prevention Programs help community members and professionals recognize and respond to signs of abuse.
Through informal dialogues and professional trainings, REACH shares domestic violence education, including how to spot the signs, where to refer someone for services, and how to help.School programs are presented in the classroom in an age-appropriate manner and are designed to raise awareness and provide information on how gender roles and expectations, as well as our culture, influence dating violence and sexual assault.Students also learn about resources, risk reduction strategies and bystander intervention.Dating violence can be prevented before it starts with early intervention.By helping youth to establish positive relationship-building skills in preteen and teen years, certain risk factors for dating violence victimization or perpetration can be mitigated.Some effective school-based programs change norms, improve problem-solving, and address dating violence in addition to other youth risk behaviors, such as substance use and sexual risk behaviors.