People with disabilities experience abuse and assault 4 – 10 times more than the general population.
Response: IMPACT:Ability (created by IMPACT Boston and Triangle), the gold standard of evidence-based safety education for people with disabilities.
PS 811Q high school students with developmental and cognitive disabilities learn how to trust their instincts, manage concerning situations, and advocate for themselves if someone is trying to take advantage of them.
Children who have been abused or violated are at higher risk for future violation as adults.
Response: Trauma-informed instructors and curricula for survivors in treatment programs.
Andrus Children’s Center, a provider of emotional, psychiatric and behavioral care to young people, includes personal safety and communication skills training as part of their larger trauma intervention. Residents learn about physical and emotional boundaries and practice how to communicate and enforce their limits if they aren’t being respected. Being able to communicate boundaries is a protective factor. Feeling safe in your body is a healing experience.
Caring for the people who care for others.
Response: Training for dedicated social workers and therapists so they can stay safe and productive on home visits.
North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, which works with at-risk children and families, demonstrates that they care about their employees’ safety and well being by providing experiential education that improves their confidence to do risk assessment and expands their skills to manage potentially dangerous encounters.
Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence deserve strategies to feel safer.
Response: Comprehensive violence prevention training for survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and the staff at their Long Island shelter.
Residents and staff members work together to restore a feeling of safety in their lives. Class members reconnect with their intuition, role-play expressing difficult thoughts and feelings, and practice the option of physical self-defense if they were in danger.
Teens need better advice than “don’t talk to strangers.”
Response: Personal safety and leadership programs for teens engaged with Fiver, a youth development organization.
Young people learn ways to navigate the challenges of middle school: how to stand up to peer pressure and bullying, negotiate romantic relationships, and travel independently on public transportation.
Children need bullying prevention that is violence prevention.
Response: Walk the Talk, an anti-bias, anti-bullying program, created with Randy Clancy and Prepare.
Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School students explore the roots of violence and bullying and the role stereotypes and bias play in discrimination and mean behavior. They rehearse how to advocate for themselves and how to act as an ally to others. Early education positively shapes beliefs and behaviors and reduces violence.