268972 Coordinated Community Response in Rural Indiana to Prevent Family Violence, "Getting into Your Neighbor's Business"

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Carrie Lawrence, MS, CFLE, CHES , School of Health Physical Education and Recreation, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Micharel Robbins, JD , School of Health Physical Education and Recreation, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Linda Henderson, MS , Office of Community Health Engagement, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Shawna Girgis, MSW , Mayor, City of Bedford Indiana, Bloomington, IN
Research has discovered that when different members of the community coordinated their efforts to prevent family violence, these efforts were more successful. Coordination helps to ensure that the system which surround the family works with a better understanding of the individual needs of the families who live in the community. A critical first step toward coordinating responses is developing a common understanding of family violence and a coordinated community response that everyone within the system can buy into.

Education, Law enforcement agencies, victim advocates, health care providers, child protection services, local businesses, the media, employers and the family based community can—and must be engaged and involved in working together to identify problems in addition to the development and creating solutions that will work for the community. A coordinated community response develop sustainable programs that can work to create a network of support for families that are accessible. Coordinated community response programs also often engage the entire community in efforts to change the social norms and attitudes that contribute to family violence. However, many communities lack the resources to carry out or even ignite the coordination of such a response which was found this study population. Though a CDC Epi-Aid identify a community need of a laundry list of needs with solutions, the challenge was how to carry out the evidence based preventions. With key stakeholders from the community who were not willing to give up, prevention efforts with little to no financial support from the state or federal level.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the challenges in creating prevention initiatives that address family violence in a rural community Understand family violence as a problem affecting all age groups in rural communities Identify strategies for engaging and key stakeholders who can facilitate a response from community members Understand how to collaborate with community service providers as a part of a coordinated response to family violence

Keywords: Family Violence, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have had over extensive experience working with social service agencies in this area including consulting on funded projects including the implementation of a state wide child welfare practice reform in Indiana. My research interests have included community level initiatives that promote family health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.