A Community-Mobilization Approach to Preventing Domestic Violence

Field of Work: Mobilizing the community to prevent domestic violence

Problem Synopsis: According to the 2000 National Violence Against Women Survey, almost 25 percent of women and 7.6 percent of men reported having been assaulted by an intimate partner at some time in their lifetime. A 2003 report by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimated that medical and mental health care services for victims of such violence cost the nation $4.1 billion annually.

Synopsis of the Work: The Close to Home Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative, based in Dorchester, Massachusetts, using a community-mobilization approach to prevent domestic violence, launched an effort to replicate its program in three pilot communities in Massachusetts. Partner agencies in two of them were unable to proceed because of financial and organizational problems, but Close to Home continued to provide support and technical assistance to REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, in Waltham.

Key Results

Waltham's REACH Beyond Domestic Violence implemented the early stages of a community-mobilization effort, engaging some 300 people in community assessment and follow-up activities.

Close to Home's training consultant and the project team created a training curriculum with technical assistance tools and materials. These were subsequently incorporated into a resource guide for implementing a community-mobilization initiative.