About PeaceWorks

“Nonviolence is the weapon of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi.

While it is likely that violence will never be completely eradicated from our world, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) believes the key to a less violent society lies in working with young people by teaching peaceful solutions to conflicts and empowering them to think critically and make safer choices.

PeaceWorks, a prevention education project of the DVCC, believes the prevention of violence in our society begins with the education of children. PeaceWorks provides tools for our pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade youth to help them learn how to solve conflicts peacefully and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. PeaceWorks also teaches empathy, tolerance, self-awareness and respect towards all.

Our professional staff has been providing prevention education in classrooms throughout the community for over 25 years. All of our programs are interactive and age-appropriate, and our materials are developed in collaboration with several highly-regarded educational organizations, including The Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, The University of Connecticut’s NEAG School of Education, Futures without Violence (formerly The Family Violence Prevention Fund), Educators for Social Responsibility and The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Curriculum. We are constantly updating and fine-tuning our programs to assure that they are current, timely and reflect the best thinking of experts in education. PeaceWorks programs reinforce foundation standards 1-8 for School Health Education set forth by The State of Connecticut Department of Education Healthy and Balanced Living Curriculum.

PeaceWorks understands how demanding your classroom schedules are and we have taken on the challenge of creating a program to complement what the students are learning in class, at all grade levels. Our message is clear, straightforward and, most importantly, memorable.

PeaceWorks provides:

  • Classroom presentations for students in Kindergarten – 12th Grade
  • PeaceWorkSHOPS afterschool programs
  • Teen PeaceWorks: student-led groups that raise awareness about dating violence in their high schools and communities
  • Teacher and parent educational programs and workshops

 

Why Violence Prevention Education?

  • A survey of boys and girls in the 6th, 9th and 12th grades who reported childhood exposure to violence (i.e. physical abuse by a household adult, sexual abuse by family member, sexual abuse by non-family member, and witnessing physical abuse by a family member on another family member) found that this violence was associated with an increased risk of perpetrating dating violence.[1]
  • The middle school years offer key moments to educate young people and their parents about healthy relationships and teen dating violence prevention. Programs need to meet youth where they spend time, such as in schools, and engage a range of community partners. Effective violence prevention programs also engage youth as advocates and peer leaders. These programs can have lasting benefits. [2]
  • Researchers recommend integrating information on healthy relationships in health and sex education programs.[3]
  • 57% of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship.[4]
  • More than 1 in 3 young people have been threatened online[5]

 PeaceWorks incorporates the Centers for Disease Control’s violence prevention initiative focused on primary prevention; the effort to eliminate interpersonal violence before it occurs. PeaceWorks embraces primary prevention as a core strategy in all its programming, acknowledging that social change is a long term process that requires collaboration at various levels of the community.

 PeaceWorks believes that the inability to pay should never be a deterrent in providing our programs. While it is difficult to set a value on teaching students the importance of tolerance, respect, empathy and personal safety, the reality is that the cost to provide these programs is $100 per hour, per PeaceWorks educator. The amount includes: Educator’s time, supervision, preparation, materials and transportation. In order to cover a portion of these costs and because PeaceWorks remains committed to reaching all students in our communities, we ask for a suggested contribution of $45.00 per program, per PeaceWorks educator.

 PeaceWorks provides need-based scholarships for programming. Please call for more information.

 To schedule a PeaceWorks Program please contact our PeaceWorks Educators at (203) 588-9100.

 For Educator Seminars and Parent Workshops, please contact Susan Delaney, Director of PeaceWorks at (203) 588-9100 ext. 118 or by email, SDelaney@dvccct.org