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Prevention Tools

With a dual mission to serve those impacted by violence AND to bring an end to violence, programs are amplifying prevention. This page includes resources and tools for staff in any position at programs that are furthering the prevention of violence in their communities.

Consultations

TCFV’s prevention team is available to support you program with targeted technical assistance, resources, and the tools your program will need to make your prevention programming fly. View our custom consultations process to learn more.
In Her Shoes (1.5)

This training, created by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is an interactive activity designed to give participants the opportunity to better understand the circumstances of family violence survivors and the choices they make about their relationships. This training encourages powerful conversation and brings to surface issues of safety, resources, personal choices, barriers, and a myriad of social service systems.


Encouraging Youth Leadership for Prevention (1.5 to 3.0)

This training explores a variety of methods to engage youth as leaders in preventing dating abuse. Participants will learn the methods of peer networking, bystander intervention, service learning, and other approaches to support teens to prevent violence while developing youth leadership and partnership.


In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence (Regular and Classroom Edition) (1.5)

This training, created by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is an interactive activity designed to give participants the opportunity to better understand the dynamics of teen dating abuse.


Engaging and Supporting Women and Girls as Leaders of Violence Prevention Efforts (4.0)

This training explores ways to communicate the untold stories of women and girls' contributions to the movement to end domestic, sexual, and dating violence and abuse—alongside ways to encourage women and girls' leadership locally. Participants will review examples of best practices for promoting and supporting women and girls' leadership and strategize ways to adapt those practices for use in their own communities.


Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence (1.5)

This training highlights activities, resources and strategies that have been used by prevention advocates as they engage men and boys in violence prevention.


Engaging Community Partners in Preventing Domestic Violence (1.5 – 3.0)

This training leads participants through the process of working with their communities to prevent violence. Presenters will guide participants through the process of identifying potential partners in prevention, learn effective engagement strategies, and design an action plan for community involvement in prevention.


Strength-Based Program Planning (3.0)

This coached session incorporates a strengths-based approach to building program plans that allow for individual staff’s passion and interests. By the end of this session, participants will develop a solid three-month action plan designed to build towards the successful implementation of their program’s goals.


Webinars

Meet the Plurals: How 13 to 21-year-olds Connect
Young people, aged 14-21, represent one of the most diverse generations and are referred to as ‘plurals’ rather than millennials. This webinar features Jairo Portillo Llort, a marketing strategist, who reviews the ways teens use social media.

Wellness as a Prevention Strategy: Tools for Self-Care and Wellness for Prevention Workers
Domestic violence programs understand the important role that wellness efforts play in their support of advocacy staff. This webinar reviews wellness strategies for prevention workers whose jobs are fundamentally different from advocacy staff.

Supporting Youth Survivors: Challenging Adultism in Clinical Interventions 
When working with a young person who has experienced relationship violence, we often consider the additional barriers minors face in accessing services such as shelter, counseling, and protective orders. We may be overlooking barriers present within our own therapeutic interventions and agency practices with youth clients. Join us for an interactive webinar developed to help agency staff reflect on how best to support youth survivors. Participants will have an opportunity to assess agency and counselor readiness for providing services to youth survivors and consider strategies to counter the impact adultism can have on therapeutic relationships between adults and youth.

Supporting Youth Leadership and Creativity: Adolescent Brain Development for Prevention Workers
Young people’s curiosity, creativity, and passion are by design; their brains are developmentally geared for problem-solving and experimentation. They are perfectly poised to lead prevention efforts in their communities given the right supports. This webinar features information on brain development relevant to prevention workers and community educators engaged with youth of various ages. María Limón, TCFV prevention coordinator, will focus on strategies that prevention workers can employ to heighten teens’ strengths and support their leadership and learning.

We’re in this Together: Folding Prevention into our Advocacy 
Our movement envisions a world where no one would dream of humiliating, hurting, dominating, or controlling the person they love. Primary prevention is at the heart of our work. From children’s advocates to development staff, we can all promote prevention messaging, and cross-team collaborations bolster our program’s prevention and community education work. Tyreena Heck and María Limón, TCFV’s prevention coordinators will present prevention strategies that can be employed agency-wide.

Expanded Support for DV Prevention: The Lessons Learned – Five programs received support for their prevention programming through the Health and Human Service Commission’s Exceptional Item Funding. The projects, situated in both urban and rural communities, developed a wide range of activities–everything from building a community coalition from the ground up in a remote county to embedding a prevention worker at a high school. This webinar will feature the experiences they’ve gained and offer some perspectives to other domestic violence agencies seeking to deepen their own prevention programming.

Prevention Theory Fundamentals – Successful prevention efforts are reflective of sound theory. Fortunately, the field of primary prevention contains ample theoretical frameworks. Please join Julie Bassett, a Prevention Specialist at SafeHaven of Tarrant County, for a webinar. Whether you are new to the field of prevention; manage and supervise prevention workers; or work to secure funding support for your agency’s prevention efforts, this webinar will cover theoretical frameworks that will move your prevention work forward.

Young Hearts Matter, A Texas Resource for Teen Dating Violence Prevention – Each February TCFV recognizes National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month as Young Hearts Matter. This webinar will walk participants through the updated Young Hearts Matter toolkit which includes resources, activities, and a social media campaign to promote prevention messaging yearround. Participants will also learn highlights of some of the great prevention programming happening in communities across Texas during last year’s TDVAPM.

Trending: Social Media Strategies to Engage Young People – Young people use social media in their daily lives to connect to peers, romantic partners, brands, and culture. For many adults working with young people, social media is a missed opportunity for connection. Learn from one dating violence prevention program who uses social media to connect with young people and bolster the impact of their in-person work. Presenters from The Family Place Be Project will cover fundamental social media knowledge as well as strategies for developing content with youth audiences in mind.

New Staff

One in the Movement chapter – One In The Movement is a TCFV publication designed specifically for those who are new to domestic violence work. Check out the chapter dedicated to prevention.

One in the Movement online module – Sign up for self-paced modules and earn credit. TCFV’s One In The Movement training website includes prevention and other modules that anyone new to the movement wouldn’t dream of skipping.

Prevent Connect – The Go-To online resource for primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence. They offer podcasts, a newsletter and a very active email listserv. When we say ‘very’, we mean VERY.

Teaching to Transform: Searchable Resources for Violence Prevention Education – This database offers hundreds of resources for your work to end relationship violence across the lifespan. Search it to find everything current for the prevention classroom–from curricula and lesson plans to videos, games, guides, and posters.

Spectrum of Prevention – Developed by established workers in the field of prevention, this graphic illustrates the multi-faceted approaches that are necessary for real norms change. It has fueled the development of other programs and articles.

TCFV-adapted Prevention Spectrum

Poised for Prevention – This publication is a collaboration among some of the brightest minds in the field of intimate partner prevention.

Best practices for Prevention – This publication would be required reading in any class on prevention in Texas; it offers clear guidance on implementing primary prevention theory.

Tenured Staff

TAASA’s Strategy Selection Workbook – The workbook details a process for deciding which curricula, campaign or activity is based in primary prevention.

The Community Tool Box – This global resource offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change. And it’s FREE!

Digital Storytelling – This warehouse of resources offers instruction on the wonderful tool of digital storytelling.

Vuvox – A free online resource that makes your voice visual by providing ways to incorporate photos, videos and slides in an interesting storytelling flow.

Prevention program planning and evaluation Need help charting out a logic model and evaluation plan? This resource is for you.

Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE) – Learn about youth participatory evaluation (YPE), an approach that engages young people in evaluating the programs, organizations and systems designed to serve them.

EDs & Development

Below are resources and guidance for leadership responsible for securing funds and implementing prevention programming.

The Encyclopedia for Implementing Prevention Programming – This complete collection of resources covers everything from assessing an organization’s readiness to launch into primary prevention to the sustainability of efforts.

Guidance for Training Programs – Program directors find this useful for designing trainings while development staff can use the information to craft honest deliverables that are primary prevention focused.

Planning for Prevention Charting a course for an organization’s success is no easy task. This guide helps anyone from leadership to prevention educators build a logic model that ensures success.

Developing an Organization’s Social Media Policy – This clear, concise guide will help an organization take steps to develop a social media policy, and covers everything from administering web pages to responding to comments.

Current Research – The Center for Disease Control’s Violence Prevention Institute has a plethora of data useful to support needs assessments as well as identify applicable best practices.

Connect

Join the Prevention Managers Listserv

Network and share resources with fellow Prevention Managers by joining the listserv.

Sign up for Prevention News

Learn how you can help build a safer Texas and get updates from TCFV.

Coaching Group

A Statewide Community of Practice: The Prevention Coaching Group is a collection of prevention workers who receive targeted training and support. Members gather in Austin twice a year for spring and fall trainings to share resources; solve problems; and develop skills they can immediately put to use. The only cost to the participating agencies is staff time.

Prevention Coaching Group is not accepting new members at this time.

A few considerations for future applicants:

  • The Prevention Coaching Group is open only to agencies that receive funding through the Health and Human Services Commission and have at least one staff member who is dedicated to promoting prevention in your community.
  • Each agency receives one travel stipend; per diem to cover meals during the gathering and any time spent traveling; and lodging.
  • Members are NOT required to launch any new initiatives; rather, they receive support for their ongoing efforts.
  • Each gathering requires three to four days of your staff’s time.

Prevention Intensive

The Prevention Intensive prepares prevention workers, managers, or community educators with foundational prevention theory along with skills for facilitating prevention education sessions. TCFV’s prevention team builds a learning environment where participants celebrate successes and strategize around shared challenges.

If you have attended a Prevention Intensive training, you can access materials here.