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WINONA COUNTY PRIMARY PREVENTION PROJECT (PPP):

STOP SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

ACTION PLAN 2017

Adopted: October 24, 2016

 

SUMMARY

 

Mission Statement (note proposed changes)

The mission of this project is primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence by providing education, changing cultural norms, and influencing practice, policy, and legislation in Winona County. These actions are focused on primary prevention dealing with any sexual and domestic violence or abuse involved in human relationships. The goal is to ensure our communities are safer for everyone.

Background Information

The Winona County Primary Prevention Project: Stop Sexual and Domestic Violence (hereinafter referred to as Winona County PPP) began in 2008 through the efforts of many citizens, health and human services, educational, judicial services, professionals and their agencies to develop community strategies to prevent sexual and domestic violence.

Coalition Partners

The Winona County PPP partners with the following community agencies and organizations:

·       Beyond Tough Guise (BTG)

·       Winona, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of 7 Rivers Region – Winona

·       Family & Children’s Center (FCC) – Winona

·       Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center (HVMHC) – serving Winona, Houston, Wabasha, Goodhue, Fillmore MN Counties and La Crosse County WI

·       Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

·       Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS)

·       Winona Community Education, Winona County Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Council

·       Winona County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) – Outreach & Diversity Committee

 

·       Winona County Department of Community Services

·       Winona Health

·       Winona County ASAP (Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention)

·       Winona County Sexual Assault Interagency Council

·       Winona State University(WSU) & Sexual Violence Advisory Committee

·       Winona County Sherriff’s Department

·       Women’s Resource Center of Winona (WRC)

Definitions

Domestic Violence: Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate.[i]

Sexual Violence: The use of sexual actions or words that is unwanted by and/or harmful to another person. Sexual violence is violence using sex.[ii]

 

WINONA COUNTY PPPACTION PLAN 2017

 

Action Plan Overview

The 2017 Action Plan for the Winona County Primary Prevention Project has been designed to fulfil the mission of the organization. The action plan will focus on providing education, changing cultural norms, and influencing practice, policy, and legislation. These action areas reflect two leading national prevention guides.

First is the Spectrum of Prevention designed by Larry Cohen and Susan Swift. The Spectrum of Prevention encompasses a range of activities to aid prevention. The spectrum elements include:

  • influencing policy and legislation;
  • changing organizational practices;
  • fostering coalitions and networks;
  • educating providers;
  • promoting community education;
  • strengthening individual knowledge and skills.[iii]

Second is the national prevention guide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) entitled STOP Sexual Violence. This document outlines a set of strategies designed to aid communities in reducing specific risk factors or outcomes associated with sexual violence. The STOP SV strategies address the following elements:

  • promoting Social norms that protect against violence;
  • Teaching skills to prevent sexual violence;
  • providing Opportunities, both economic and social, to empower and support girls and women;
  • creating Protective environments;
  • Supporting Victims/survivors to lessen harms.[iv]

The CDC recognizes common prevention strategies which include victim-focused education, awareness, and self-defense skills; perpetrator-focused initiatives to change risk and protective issues; and bystander-focused engagement to change social norms.

 

 

WCPPP Action Plan Objectives and Action Steps

  1. Providing Primary Prevention Education in Our Communities
  • Objectives:
    • Share with communities the vision to prevent all violence
    • Collaborate when appropriate with other community initiatives to prevent violence
    • Develop educational opportunities, related to the primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence, with and for community members
  • Target:
    • Communities in focus include victims, perpetrators, bystanders, providers/professionals, and the broader community (including individuals and organizations)

 

Action Steps

  1. Speakers Bureau Training
  • Description: Invited speakers to share information on their organization or initiatives (past speakers have included representatives from Winona County, MNCASA, etc.). This could also include WCPPP Board members and coalition partners to attend training provided elsewhere (such as Green Dot training).
  • Target: WCPPP Board and coalition members, professionals, individual community members
  • Timing: Speaker for three WCPPP meetings in 2017
  • Estimated Cost: Voluntary efforts and in-kind donations*
  • Evaluation Criteria: Attendance of WCPPP Board members and others

 

  1. Darkness to Light Community Workshops
  • Description: Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and motivates them to courageous action.
  • Target: Winona County community members, parents, and professionals (anyone who is interested in keeping children safe in our community)
  • Timing: Trainings set up all throughout 2017
  • Estimated Cost: $1,000 (for workshop materials – booklets)
  • Evaluation Criteria: Attendance and participant feedback

 

  1. From Public Awareness to Policy Initiative
  • Description: Sharing of talking points for community leaders and social media messaging about primary prevention. Includes the use of the Key Communicators list serve of interested persons, schools and organizations.
  • Target: Winona County community
  • Timing: throughout the year
  • Estimated Cost: Voluntary efforts and in-kind donations*
  • Evaluation Criteria: Number of leaders contacted and social media messaging

 

  1. Coaching Youth & Youth Serving Organizations
  • Description: educational curriculum on prevention disseminated through utilizing volunteer trainers and website resources (which website?). This includes identifying the leadership of youth-serving organizations and the social media outlets used by these organizations. Where appropriate, sexual violence prevention curriculum for ECFE will be integrated into K-12 classes with Winona Area Public Schools Board approval.
  • Target: Winona County youth and youth organizations
  • Timing: throughout the year
  • Estimated Cost: Voluntary efforts and in-kind donations*
  • Evaluation Criteria: Number of training sessions held, number of participants

 

  1. Film Festival
  • Description: To show/host a movie in keeping with primary prevention in association with the Frozen River Film Festival
  • Target: Winona County Community
  • Timing: February
  • Estimated Cost: $1,000 (for speaker honorarium or travel costs)
  • Evaluation Criteria: Attendance and media coverage of event

 

  1. Education for Providers/Professionals
  • Description: To provide educational opportunities and information regarding primary prevention to providers/professionals. This work would include disseminating materials which promote safe, respectful, responsible, and cooperative relationships.
  • Target: Appropriate community organizations will be selected per offerings
  • Timing: As planned or requested during 2017
  • Estimated Cost: Voluntary efforts and in-kind donations*
  • Evaluation Criteria: Number of contacts made

 

  1. Education for Organizations
  • Description: To provide educational opportunities and information regarding primary prevention policies to local organizations, agencies, and institutions. This could include facilitating the “Model Policy to Prevent Sexual Violence in the Workplace” training.
  • Target: Businesses (Human Resource Departments), Chamber of Commerce and Women in Business
  • Timing: As planned or requested during 2017
  • Estimated Cost: Voluntary efforts and in-kind donations*
  • Evaluation Criteria: Number of contacts made

 

 

  1. Influencing Practice, Policy, & Legislation
  • Objectives:
    • Advocate at the local and state level for improved policies, laws and procedures related to primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence
    • Collaborate with local and state organizations to develop, modify, or support initiatives tied to primary prevention
  • Target:
    • Community legislative and legal services bodies and public office representatives at the city, township, and county levels

 

Action Steps

  1. Disseminate “Prevention” Public Policy Messages with Policy Makers
  • Description: Educate and inform along with support change in ordinances, laws, regulations and policies to influence outcomes.
  • Target: Candidates for public office
  • Timing: During election periods
  • Estimated Cost: Voluntary efforts and in-kind donations*
  • Evaluation Criteria: Support/adoption of our position by candidates

 

  1. Advocate for Funding of Primary Prevention Initiatives at the Local, State, and Federal Levels
  • Description: Monitor Minnesota State Legislature when in session.
  • Target: Elected Winona area Officials
  • Timing: February to May 2017 and at advocacy events
  • Estimated Cost: Voluntary efforts and in-kind donations*
  • Evaluation Criteria: Support/adoption of our position by candidates

 

 

 

  1. Data Analysis
  • Description: Analyze annual Women’s Resource Center of Winona data.
  • Target: Update materials used for PPP education with current data
  • Timing: April 2017
  • Estimated Cost: Voluntary efforts and in-kind donations*
  • Evaluation Criteria: Sharing of data and information with coalition partners and others

 

  1. Clean Hotels
  • Description: Contact local hotels in 2016 who requested policy information
  • Target: Local hotels
  • Timing: March – June 2017
  • Estimated Cost: Voluntary efforts and in-kind donations*
  • Evaluation Criteria: Reports from visits to hotels will be documented

 

  1. Strengthening WCPPP Coalition Membership and Partnerships
  • Objectives:
    • Convene community agencies, organizations and individuals as partners in the WCPPP
    • Collaborate with primary prevention partners in the prevention mission to provide a community impact
  • Target:
    • All interested parties

Current WCPPP partner list is as follows:

·       Beyond Tough Guise (BTG)

·       Winona, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of 7 Rivers Region – Winona

·       Family & Children’s Center (FCC) – Winona

·       Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center (HVMHC) – serving Winona, Houston, Wabasha, Goodhue, Fillmore MN Counties and La Crosse County WI

·       Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

·       Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS)

·       Winona Community Education, Winona County Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Council

·       Winona County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) – Outreach & Diversity Committee

 

·       Winona County Department of Community Services

·       Winona Health

·       Winona County ASAP (Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention)

·       Winona County Sexual Assault Interagency Council

·       Winona State University(WSU) & Sexual Violence Advisory Committee

·       Winona County Sherriff’s Department

·       Women’s Resource Center of Winona (WRC)

 

Action Steps

  1. Encourage Coalition Partner participation
  • Description: Invite WCPPP partners to monthly meetings and to support action initiatives.
  • Target: WCPPP partners
  • Timing: full year
  • Estimated Cost: Voluntary efforts and in-kind donations
  • Evaluation Criteria: Partner involvement and membership

 

 

Note:* For Budgeting purposes volunteer time is estimated at $25 per hour.

[i] US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. https://www.justice.gov/ovw/domestic-violence

[ii] Minnesota Department of Health. http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/topic/svp/sviolence.cfm

[iii] Cohen and Swift article 1999. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1730534/pdf/v005p00203.pdf

[iv] Center for Disease Control (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/prevention.html