Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership through Alliances (DELTA) Project.
In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded fourteen states to build community capacity to prevent intimate partner violence. Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) was selected to lead the Ohio initiative. In the fall of 2003, ODVN used CDC funding to award three year grants (which were later extended another two years) to four Ohio communities to implement local DELTA Projects. Lucas County was chosen as the urban project for the state and Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center was chosen to spearhead the project. DELTA stands for Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances. DELTA is also the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet and stands for change… and change is what the DELTA Project is all about!
The Lucas County DELTA Project works to promote peaceful, healthy relationships, to change the attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate intimate partner violence, and to create a culture where healthy relationships are the norm. The mission of the DELTA Project is to bring the issue of intimate partner violence to the forefront and to empower individuals in the community to work to incorporate intimate partner violence prevention strategies within their spheres of influence. The DELTA Project addresses all levels of prevention by:
¨ Strengthening Individual Knowledge and Skills
¨ Promoting Community Education
¨ Educating Service Providers
¨ Fostering Coalitions and Networks
¨ Changing Organizational Practices
¨ Influencing Policies and Legislation
In September 2007, the DELTA Project received a Proclamation from the City of Toledo and a Certificate of Recognition from the Lucas County Commissioners for its work. In 2008, DELTA was nominated for the Mary Byron Celebrating Community Solutions Award. The Celebrating Solutions Awards is given to select programs that demonstrate promise in breaking the cycle of violence and have the potential to serve as models for the nation. Out of 300 programs across the United States that received nominations, the Lucas County DELTA Project was one of 18 finalists for the award.
Some of the highlights of the Lucas County DELTA Project include:
Assembled a Lucas County DELTA Collaborative Team made up of concerned citizens and representatives from more than 25 local agencies from diverse sectors of the community. The team meets monthly to plan and oversee implementation of IPV prevention work in the community.
Brought the Expect Respect Program, named a “promising practice” by the CDC, to Lucas County . Expect Respect is a comprehensive prevention program designed to raise awareness of dating violence, teach skills for healthy relationships, develop youth leadership, and increase safety and respect on school campuses. There is also a 24-week support group component for teens with a history of abuse in their dating/family relationships. In 2005, the DELTA Project participated in a CDC Replication Project for the Expect Respect Support Group Curriculum.
Since 2005, DELTA has trained 52 community professionals to conduct Expect Respect presentations and 46 community professionals to facilitate Expect Respect Support Groups. Expect Respect presentations have ranged in length from one hour, to daylong, to multiple sessions on multiple days. The presentations have reached over 4,200 students, 11 to 24 years of age, in public and private schools and on the University of Toledo campus. Support groups have reached over 400 teens at Rogers High School, Bowsher High School, Polly Fox Academy, Life Skills Academy, Glass City Academy, Alliance Academy, Toledo Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC), YMCA, Adelante, Caldwell Center, East Toledo Family Center, and Friendly Center .
Since 2006, DELTA has worked with Lucas County schools to promote Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week. In 2008, 28 junior and senior high schools participated, reaching more than 6,500 students with healthy relationship posters, book covers, and fact sheets.
DELTA developed a training curriculum for school personnel and informational materials on ways to create a culture of non-violence in the schools. Nearly 500 school personnel have received training and/or materials.
DELTA has provided professional education training and community awareness presentations that have reached nearly 3,500 individuals. Over 200 hours of customized technical assistance has been provided to agencies interested in enhancing their organization’s prevention capacity.
For three years, DELTA has built community capacity by awarding mini-grants ranging from $350 to $1,500. Mini-grant recipients have included: Self Expression Teen Theatre, The Toledo Children’s Hospital’s Teen Pep Program, YMCA Chance for Change, the YWCA Incentives for Excellence Program, Man-up, the Toledo Youth Commission Rise Up, Reach up Young Women’s Conference, and the University of Toledo . Mini-grants have enabled organizations to incorporate healthy relationship information into their work with youth, reaching over 25,000 individuals.
DELTA has developed healthy relationship posters and fact sheets for teens, faith leaders, health care providers, businesses, schools, pregnant couples, and hospital patients that have been distributed to over 20,000 individuals.
In 2008, DELTA brought the Men of Strength (MOST) Club to Toledo . MOST Clubs, identified by the CDC in 2003 as one of the top four gender violence prevention programs in the country, expose young men to healthier, non-violent models/visions of manhood. The MOST Club is offered at East Toledo Family Center . Toledo is one of only six counties in Ohio with a MOST Club.
In 2008, DELTA partnered with The Toledo Hospital’s Center for Women to incorporate fact sheets on healthy relationships into their packet of materials distributed to expectant mothers and fathers at their first pre-natal appointment with their OB/GYN.
DELTA meets at the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center 2460 Cherry Street, Toledo, Ohio. DELTA is open to any person concerned about the prevention of intimate partner violence. If you are interested in finding out more about DELTA or how you can become involved, please contact Christie Jenkins (email@example.com).
Click here to obtain a copy of the Lucas County Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Plan
Click here for a Healthy Relationships for Teens Fact Sheet.
Teen Dating Violence toolkit
Faith Based Coalition toolkit