"Our vision is to be a catalyst for creating empowered and transformed individuals, partnerships, communities and societies committed to respectful collaborative processes that promote a lasting legacy of equality, peace and social justice."
- This shared vision statement was created by the National DELTA Collaborative.
The Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement Leadership through Alliances (DELTA) Project is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is intended to prevent first time perpetration and first time victimization of IPV. The DELTA Project is a 14 state domestic violence coalition collaboration with the CDC that aims to change social norms and conditions that allow IPV to exist.
In Rhode Island, the DELTA Project includes four Community Partnership Teams and a Statewide Steering Committee. The Community Partnership Teams (CPTs) have been working to implement evidence supported primary prevention strategies in the communities of Cranston, Newport, Providence, and Woodlawn. Each CPT is made up of residents and community leaders in those cities that want to make their communities violence free. Some of the prevention strategies that have been implemented include: Safe Dates, Students Against Domestic Abuse, Young Men's Work, and Love Peace respectively. To learn more about these activities, contact the local CPT organizer.
The Rhode Island DELTA State Steering Committee (SSC) is made up of representatives of state level organizations, agencies, and institutions that are interested in preventing IPV. The SSC has embarked on a 2 year planning process to identify which populations were most at risk for IPV perpetration in RI, and which evidence supported primary prevention strategies would ameliorate risk factors and enhance protective factors across the individual, relationship, community and societal levels of Rhode Island.
The SSC is developing a statewide strategic primary prevention plan and has identified three priority areas that they will develop strategies for men, youth 12-18, and prevention system capacity. The plan will be published in May 2009.
Rhode Island DELTA SSC Members:
Bette Ann McHugh, RI Dept of Mental Health, Retardation & Hospitals
Carole MaLaughlin, RI Attorney General's Office
Charles Williams, RI Dept of Mental Health, Retardation & Hospitals
Cheryl Dickeson, RI Training School
Deborah DeBare, RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Elizabeth Gilheeney, RI Justice Commission
Jane Hudson, Capital City Community Centers
Jennifer Almeida, Neighborhood Health Plan of MA
Jessica Walsh, Women's Resource Center of Newport & Bristol
Kate Smachetti, Katie Brown Educational Program
Kristen Whalen, University of Rhode Island
Lydia Lynch, RI Family Court
Pat Jaehnig, Diocese of Providence
Sam Viner-Brown, RI Department of Health
Sandra Malone, Day One
Sarah DeCosta-Marsland, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
Shanna Wells, RI Commission on Women
Sheila Johnson, Women's Center of Rhode Island
Wendy Verhoek-Oftedahl, Brown University
Yvon Chancy, Governor's Office
Lucy Rios, DELTA Project Director
Emily Rothman, ScD, DELTA Empowerment Evaluator
For more information on the DELTA Project visit: www.cdc.gov/ncipc/DELTA/