Violence is an issue of public health. It is an epidemic in our nation, and it is preventable. Catholic Health Initiatives is committed to creating and promoting a culture of non-violence as an essential element of healthy communities and a healthier society. CHI formalized this commitment to violence prevention by establishing it as a strategic priority with the goal of achieving system-wide violence reduction by 2020.
In CHI facilities throughout North Dakota, violence prevention efforts began as a community planning and coalition building process that engaged individuals and organizational stakeholders in developing a plan to prevent violence. Working together, communities identified intimate partner violence as a priority and developed a plan to address it locally. With a shared purpose of creating communities free from intimate partner violence, the CHI ND Violence Prevention Program was formed.
The CHI ND Violence Prevention Program’s goal is to reduce intimate partner violence in the communities we serve. This will be achieved using a multi-faceted approach.
- Building Community and Organizational Capacity
- Increasing awareness of intimate partner violence
- Enhancing referral networks
- Training professionals to incorporate intimate partner violence prevention and intervention into their existing work
- Promoting Healthy Relationships
- Educating individuals using Within My Reach, an evidence-based healthy relationship curriculum
The Center for Disease Control reports that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. Locally, North Dakota communities have seen a rise in the number of intimate partner violence incidents in recent years. Intimate partner violence is an epidemic affecting people, families, communities, and society at large. The CHI ND Violence Prevention Program recognized this growing problem as an opportunity to enhance the way intimate partner violence is addressed within our communities.
Spotlight on Intimate Partner Violence Summit
The statewide IPV Summit is an opportunity to build professional networks while learning more about intimate partner violence and strategies to address it. A variety of educational presentations provide participants with information on the fundamentals of intimate partner violence, trauma-informed practice, and the integral role of professionals in preventing and ending intimate partner violence. Professionals working in healthcare, law enforcement, domestic violence advocacy, social services, counseling, education, faith-based organizations and interested community members are provided with applicable information and useful tools that can be incorporated into their professional settings and personal lives.
Community Outreach Leader Training
Providing training to program-identified Community Outreach Leaders is integral to ensuring best practices in intimate partner violence prevention and intervention are shared with professionals in a variety of fields. This statewide training equips Community Outreach Leaders with the tools and knowledge necessary to successfully hold trainings geared toward professionals within their own communities. Curriculum and materials are provided in partnership with Futures Without Violence.
Local Community Outreach Workshops
Local community outreach workshops are applicable to professionals in various fields. Workshops enhance knowledge on intimate partner violence, statistics, the impact of violence on health and wellness, best practices in screening, universal education, and referral. Training content was developed in partnership with Futures Without Violence and can be tailored to meet the needs of any audience. Community outreach workshops are free and available upon request. Contact us to schedule a workshop for your organization today. Current community outreach workshops offered include:
- Intimate Partner Violence: A Community Awareness & Outreach Workshop (for mixed audiences or those who do not provide direct care)
- Intimate Partner Violence: Universal Education & The Safety Card (for those in helping professions)
- Adolescent Relationship Abuse: Universal Education & The Safety Card (for helping professionals that work with youth)
- Connected Parents Connected Kids: Universal Education & The Safety Card (for helping professionals that work with families and parents)
Within My Reach Facilitator Training
The CHI ND Violence Prevention Program annually hosts a statewide training for program-identified Within My Reach Facilitators. Within My Reach Facilitators participate in an intensive, three-day, experiential training taught by Master Trainers from PREP, Inc. Facilitators learn the skills and knowledge necessary to share Within My Reach, an evidence-based healthy relationship curriculum with individuals in their respective communities.
Local Within My Reach Workshops
Within My Reach is a relationship skills and decision making program for individuals seeking more enriching relationships with the people that matter in their lives. Content promotes skill building in the areas of healthy relationships, decision-making, communication, conflict management and much more. Created for singles and those in relationships; it’s comprised of 15 units, each requiring about one hour of teaching time. Local Within My Reach workshops are participant-driven, interactive, and flexible in format. Within My Reach can be incorporated into existing programing and adapted to a variety of audiences. Contact us to find out how Within My Reach could work for you.
Evaluation of Program Activities
- North Dakota Violence Prevention Program: FY 16 – FY 18 Outcomes & Achievements
- North Dakota Violence Prevention Program: Evaluation of Program Activities from July 2017 – June 2018 and Summary Results for FY 2016 - FY 2018
- North Dakota Violence Prevention Program: Evaluation of Program Activities from May 2016 – June 2017
- North Dakota Violence Prevention Program: Evaluation of the April 2016 Within My Reach Facilitator Training
- North Dakota Violence Prevention Program: Evaluation of the March 2016 Summit and Community Outreach Leader Training
CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Medical Center
900 East Broadway Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501
701.530.4973 or 701.530.4974
CHI Lisbon Health
905 Main St.
Lisbon, ND 58054
701.683.6416 or 701.683.6417
CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center
800 N. Fourth Street
Carrington, ND 58421
701.652.7218 or 701.652.7248
CHI Oakes Hospital
1200 North 7th Street
Oakes, ND 58474
701.742.3837 or 701.742.3846
CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital
1031 7th Street NE
Devils Lake, ND 58301
CHI Mercy Health
570 Chautauqua Boulevard
Valley City, ND 58072
CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center
2500 Fairway Street
Dickinson, ND 58601
701.456.4287 or 701.456.4292
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center
1301 15th Avenue West
Williston, ND 58801
701.774.4796 or 701.774.7449
- Attend our events
- Host a Community Outreach Workshop for your professional organization
- Partner with us to incorporate Within My Reach Workshops into your organization’s existing programming
- Become a local Community Outreach Leader and train professionals on intimate partner violence prevention and intervention
- Become a local Within My Reach Facilitator and teach individuals in your community healthy relationship skills
- Join your local Violence Prevention Coalition
|CAWS North Dakota is the statewide sexual assault and domestic violence coalition, supporting and presenting a unified voice for the 20 crisis intervention centers across the state.|
|Futures Without Violence has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world for more than 30 years.|
|PREP, Inc. developed Within My Reach, a skills-based, healthy relationship program that helps participants control their own relationships in a way that will lead to more enriching, more satisfying interactions with the people that matter in their lives.|