The key to prevention is education and for that reason we bring our prevention programming into schools and communities throughout our five county region. Studies have shown that making an investment in our youth and the future of our communities, we can help cut down the number of abuse cases significantly. This is largely done by strategic partnerships, shared vision and education for the purpose of influencing behavior and creating social change. We believe the greatest chance we have at curbing and eliminating violence is by promoting respect and tolerance and addressing the current level of acceptance of violence.
Promoting Healthy Relationships
PREVENTION & EDUCATION
Support groups are offered to address healthy relationships, dynamics of domestic violence and self care. Our programming also helps children who have lived in a home with abuse, helps teens address healthy relationships, internet/texting safety, sexual respect, bullying. Our newest program, Connect Kids, is held in West Point and is an after school program.
Collaboration projects include:
· Collaboration with Probation and County Court that is a program for teens at risk.
· Collaboration with the District Court Judge and Drug Court to offer a group for female participants on healthy relationships and boundaries.
The Bridge's community educator is available to present to any group, school, agency, or organization. As a means of prevention we work to increase awareness of domestic violence/sexual assault and bullying issues, reduce risk and be a resource for those in need of services.