July 24, 2013
I supervise a dating abuse prevention team called the Young Adult Abuse Prevention Team (YAAPP). We are part of Family Crisis Services, the domestic violence resouce center in Portland, Maine. We are involved in policy at the local and state level, classroom education, curriculum development, discussion groups for youth, and direct service to young women in abusive relationships. Two of our initiatives are focused on involving young men in ending violence by broadening their awareness of violence against women and offering ways that they can change social norms through simple actions, like speaking out against sexist jokes.
As part of my work, I present on the topic of domestic violence to health care practitioners, college students, and faith-based groups. I am always encouraged by peole's response to learning more about domestic and dating violence.