From victim to victor: Engaging in violence prevention programming with urban girls of color
Purpose: The Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI) Women's program is a violence intervention program based in two small public high schools in Brooklyn, NY designed to specifically address the needs of urban Black girls at risk for engaging in or being victims of violence.
Methods: Approximately 15 African-American and West Indian girls attended weekly group sessions facilitated by KAVI staff and interns during the course of the academic year. The curriculum addressed topics such as anger management, conflict resolution, goal setting, developing healthy relationships, and creative expression through poetry. Participants also received academic and cultural enrichment services, and psycho-social support.
Results: Preliminary data suggest that the KAVI Women’s program support the participants in avoiding interpersonal conflicts, engaging in pro-social behavior, decreasing truancy, and making academic strides.
Discussion: Violence interventions that are school-based and gender-responsive are effective in reducing interpersonal violence, and improving school attendance and academic achievement. It is imperative that such programs are well-funded, equipped with culturally humble staff, and systematically evaluated so that they can be sustainable and replicated to support the transition of victims to victors.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe factors that place urban girls at risk for interpersonal violence. Identify best practices and lessons learned from gendered-responsive programming.
Keyword(s): Adolescents, Urban Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 16 years of experience in public health, including my commitment to integrating the theories, methods, research, and practices of adolescent health, urban health, and violence prevention.
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.