What do bicycle helmets, sobriety checks, and the CDC’s national DELTA Program to prevent intimate partner violence have in common? As described in the Journal of Safety Research, they are all on the Top 20 List of Practice Innovations in Violence and Injury Prevention since the founding of the CDC’s National Center for Violence and Injury Prevention and Control in 1992.
Since 2002, Delaware has been one of 14 states to participate in the DELTA program, and some of its most recent results include:
- Healthy Relationships Curricula - This standards-based curricula is learning-focused and includes units for grades 6-8 and 9-12. The units and evaluation tools can be accessed on the Health Education Model Units of Instruction section of the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) website.
- Health Education Regulations - The Healthy Relationships Curricula is designed to meet health education regulations that now require interpersonal violence prevention programming, and to help schools comply with S.B. 206, Delaware’s Teen Dating and Sexual Assault Act, which requires comprehensive healthy relationships programming in schools for grades 7-12.
- Social Media Tools - Join the conversation online! Visit www.safeandrespectful.org, with pages for teens, parents and teachers, and follow us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/safeandrespectful) and Twitter (@safe_respectful).
- Delaware MEN (Men’s Education Network) - These volunteers are committeed to “Involving Men in Promoting Healthy, Safe Relationships." Learn more at www.DelawareMEN.org.
The vision for Delaware’s DELTA Program is “Safe and Respectful Relationships for All.” With a focus on primary prevention, or stopping the violence before it starts, we aim to create conditions where healthy relationships can thrive. However, the science of violence prevention, and particularly intimate partner violence prevention, is still emerging. The DELTA Program has helped us implement and evaluate strategies to create a foundation for the development of practice-based evidence in Delaware and the field of violence prevention. We welcome your input so that our efforts are grounded in research, practitioner and community wisdom.
Because people learn disrespect, power, control, and use of violence from countless surroundings and messengers in their lives, we know that prevention efforts must be equally comprehensive and span sectors and settings.