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With the help of funding from the HealthPath Foundation of Ohio’s Community Connection program, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter was able to undertake a multi-media teen dating violence prevention project.
The program was established to help educate teens on the dangers of dating violence and how to better identify it when it’s happening. The overall goal was to teach students how to uphold positive relationship values and to attempt to change the way teens and the community at large thinks about teen dating violence.
The multi-media campaign included billboards and a new/updated website. Printed materials were shown to students in Alliance and surrounding schools. Broadcast arts students from Alliance High School also created information video public service announcements on teen dating violence. These videos portrayed what dating violence can look like and how it can negatively affect the people who are in abusive relationships.
The project concluded with a red carpet premiere event where students were given awards for Best PSA, Best Visual Effects, Best Acting and Most Educational. “The hope is that the combination of multi-media publicity material will catch the attention of not only teens, but members of the community,” Executive Director, Kim Stanley, said. “With the assistance of this funding from HealthPath, we’re working to change the way people think about teen dating violence.”
The Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter is enjoying another successful year of Allstate Foundation funding for the shelter’s Economic Empowerment Program. The program offers financial literacy classes, a matched saving program, and financial case management to victims of domestic violence.
Financial literacy classes focus on the basics of financial abuse, including creating and adhering to a budget, the importance of credit scores and how to repair bad credit, and the dangers of identity theft.
Once class time is complete, participants are encouraged to enroll in personalized financial case management meetings to set goals, get assistance to plan a budget, and begin working on fixing any credit problems. The Economic Empowerment Program also allows domestic violence survivors an opportunity to save money and have their contribution matched by funding from the Allstate Foundation.
By educating survivors on how to control and manage their own expenses and finances, they will be better able to protect themselves from financial abuse in the future.