THE DELTA PROJECT
The DELTA Project (the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances Program) is a collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thirteen state domestic violence coalitions throughout the country, and over fifty local domestic violence programs. NYSCADV's decade long participation in the DELTA Project increased the prevention capacity of local Community Coordinated Response (CCR) teams, domestic violence program staff, NYSCADV staff and other organizations through prevention-focused learning exchanges and is made possible with funding from the CDC.
In New York State, the DELTA Project was a partnership between NYSCADV and three locally-funded domestic violence programs; Center for Safety and Change and the STOP Fear Coalition, A New Hope Center and the Tioga County Community Response Network and the Domestic Violence Project of Warren and Washington County and the Domestic Violence Community Coordination Council.
The DELTA Project enabled NYSCADV and DELTA partners to provide training and resources on a variety of prevention-related topics, including community organizing strategies, the public health approach to preventing intimate partner violence, and community-based evaluation. In 2011, NYSCADV DELTA Project staff provided trainings and coaching throughout NYS, as well as workshops and key-note presentations from as close by as Long Island and as far away as Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The New York DELTA partners worked closely together to establish guiding principles for the prevention of domestic violence, incorporating values and methods from traditional community organizing for social change to public health concepts and practices. These principles are made available to our member programs and allies across the state upon request and through trainings scheduled during each calendar year.
The DELTA funded programs and their community partners represented the geographic diversity of New York State and are highly skilled at coordinating a systemic response to intimate partner violence. In addition, they are all committed to promoting social change in their communities. DELTA funds enabled community teams to develop prevention activities, programs, and policies that change the attitudes, behaviors and community and societal level norms that allow intimate partner violence to thrive in our communities.
The three New York DELTA programs and their teams implemented prevention strategies that focus on a wide range of sectors and populations. For example, all three communities are supporting teen dating violence prevention programming in schools and other settings where youth congregate, with a focus on growing activists through innovative youth engagement strategies. Communities also developed ongoing prevention programs in the workplace, in faith-based organizations, and in other community-based settings.
Local DELTA projects focused on prevention strategies with youth, men and boys, faith-based communities, and workplace settings as well as traditionally marginalized groups like LGBTQ youth. Throughout the grant cycle, NYSCADV will featured stories from DELTA communities as well as news from communities across the state, and the 50 plus DELTA communities across the nation, that had exciting prevention successes that contributed to the knowledge base for effective programming. NYSCADV and local DELTA partners engaged in community-based evaluation of their prevention strategies. Those findings have been published and disseminated as evidence of effective prevention strategies. We look forward to continuing to highlight various community organizing strategies, prevention activities and successes and challenges from around the state.
State Future Directions
NYSCADV will continue to support local prevention initiatives and community change efforts throughout the state. NYSCADV can provide tools, resources, and coaching to communities that wish to integrate primary prevention into their already established intervention and prevention efforts. In addition, NYSCADV has developed (along with allies from across the state) an Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Plan to assist communities in the development of their own locally-relevant prevention initiatives. NYSCADV convenes issue-specific prevention teams to advise the Coalition and to provide input into the statewide Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Plan and the sharing of possible prevention activities that could be adopted and/or adapted by communities throughout the state. Stay tuned and let NYSCADV know what you are working on with regard to prevention activities. We’d love to feature your community in an Update so that we may all learn from your successes!