Support Community-Led Solutions
Address the Root Causes of Violence
Address the Root Causes of Violence
Coordinate and Sustain Prevention
Support Community-Led Solutions
The Deborah DeBare Domestic Violence Prevention Fund (DVPF) funds community-based projects that address the root causes of violence. The DVPF also supports services for children who witness domestic violence. One goal of the DVPF grant program is to address health disparities by supporting prevention strategies led by the community, with a focus on engaging and affirming youth of color, LGBTQ+, Two-Spirit, and gender nonconforming youth, and youth with disabilities. As a state, we must strengthen our investment in the DVPF to break the cycle of abuse and prevent IPV before it happens in the first place.
The DVPF Request for Proposals is now open!
DVPF Implementation Projects focus on addressing shared risk and protective factors for violence and on altering norms, policies, and community conditions to prevent IPV before it starts
Progreso Latino received approximately $50,000 annually to utilize a holistic public health approach to grow the community’s capacity to address intimate partner violence (IPV) in the Blackstone Valley area.
Progreso Latino engages community members to mobilize around common goals towards social change and policy change. Members of its Adult Social Action Committee build leadership skills to become involved in the issues impacting their community. Participants partner with local policy coalitions and are active in state-level policy campaigns, such as driver’s licenses for all and health insurance for undocumented children. Through this project, Progreso Latino also engages young people and survivors and aims to increase community connectedness to prevent domestic violence.
*The grant period for this Implementation Project is January 2020 through June 2023.
Community Micro-grants are short-term projects that foster and increase community cohesion through public awareness, education, and the arts. The goal of these projects is to help community members make a personal connection to the issue of intimate partner violence prevention and encourage bystanders to take action and get involved in their schools and communities.
Conexión Latina Newport received a $12,500 micro-grant to create a 6-month educational program on intimate partner violence, aiming to serve the Hispanic community of Newport and specifically Hispanic youth and LGBTQ+ youth and adults. The program will include a series of educational workshops, facilitated in partnership with Day One, that focus on both the participants’ own relationship health and the community work needed to prevent domestic violence. Participants will also create a social media and print campaign in Spanish, to be distributed in collaboration with Newport Out, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center’s LEAD Program, and the Newport Health Equity Zone. The campaign will be designed by the community it aims to serve, with a goal of reaching 70% of Newport’s Spanish-speaking community.
The Step Up Center received a $9,500 micro-grant to build a community of youth and elder mentors who are trained to assist victims of domestic violence. The goal of the project is to expand on the work of The Step Up Center, empowering victims and assisting them along their healing journey. The program will include a series of empowerment workshops, the distribution of educational materials, and healing through art and play therapy and other holistic techniques. The program will be co-led by a member of the RICADV survivor task force SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), who has advocated with SOAR for over 20 years.
East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) received a $7,000 micro-grant to deliver a queer-centered intimate partner violence prevention and safer sex education program to RI high schools and colleges. The main goals of the project are to increase the number of LGBTQ+ youth and young adults who have access to queer-focused IPV and sexual health educational materials, and to empower students to make healthier decisions around relationships, dating, sex, reproductive health, and seeking support. The program will be run by EBCAP’s Trans Whole Health Program Director (TWHD), whose presentations will provide a valuable opportunity for students to connect with an adult who has been where they are now. The program is in large part based on Advocates for Youth’s Rights, Respect, Responsibility: A K-12 Curriculum (3Rs), an LGBTQ+ inclusive sexual health curriculum.
Young Voices received a $14,000 micro-grant to expand their 2023 Youth-Led Summit, which will serve more than 100 low-income youth in Providence, Cranston, Pawtucket, and Central Falls. A main goal of the summit is to create a safe, welcoming, youth-led space for young people to discuss and train in topics related to Domestic Violence Prevention Fund priority areas, such as affirming LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming youth, healthy relationships, and intimate partner violence prevention. Young Voices will create educational packets containing resources about domestic violence and provide group facilitation in both English and Spanish.
Refugee Dream Center received a $15,000 micro-grant to continue and expand a program to empower a cohort of refugee youth of color and train them in domestic violence awareness. The Refugee Youth Domestic Violence Prevention Project was originally established through a 2022 DVPF grant, and because of its popularity, is being expanded to more participants this year. The goals of the program are to build awareness among the participating youth and broader community about domestic violence in culturally appropriate ways, reduce barriers to accessing resources and services, equip participants with the knowledge and skills to educate their peers, and ultimately prevent domestic violence amongst Rhode Island refugees.
Sojourner House received a $15,000 micro-grant to pilot a Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) program for athletic coaches and staff in RI. CBIM is an evidence-based prevention program developed by Futures Without Violence and rigorously evaluated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of CBIM is to train and motivate high school coaches to teach young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength. This program will consist of virtual and in-person training sessions, as well as monthly office hours to further support and motivate coaches. The goal is to train at least 50 coaches, who will in turn reach young athletes in partnered school districts with diverse populations of students, such as Woonsocket.
ARISE (Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education) received a $15,000 micro-grant to expand the Junior Flames program and implement the middle school-level Identity Series. Junior Flames is a student-centered leadership, academic, and social-personal development program for middle school-aged youth, co-created by ARISE team members and youth as part of a 2022 DVPF micro-grant. The goals of this year’s program are to build dialogue around healthy relationships, build awareness about identity development, improve school culture, and foster youth empowerment around relationships. ARISE will implement elements of the evidence-informed One Circle Foundation model and will serve middle school students of color in public and private schools in the Providence, Cranston, Pawtucket, Warwick, and East Greenwich districts.