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Prevention Education Program
Our Prevention Education Program works with community partners to fulfill our mission of someday ending domestic violence. Raphael House is the only local domestic violence agency with two full-time prevention education staff positions.
We provide free comprehensive education on domestic and dating violence and healthy relationships throughout the Portland Metro area. Our school-based programming covers topics such as teen dating violence, warning signs of abuse, healthy relationships, media influence, gender roles, sexual assault, and consent – all meeting the standards and benchmarks for sexual health education set by the Oregon Department of Education.
Few schools have the resources to train educators to teach a healthy relationship curriculum. Our programming is designed to help schools achieve goals set by the Healthy Teen Relationships Act (HTRA), which requires all Oregon schools to adopt policies and programs addressing teen dating violence.
We support the implementation of Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) in local high schools and community organizations. This national Futures Without Violence program provides athletic coaches with the resources they need to promote respectful behavior among male athletes and help prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault. We also hold a position on the CBIM National Advisory Committee.
We work to ensure that all classroom and community presentations are inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations and to address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two- spirited, queer, and questioning youth who are at-risk for or have already experienced dating and sexual violence.
We are partnering with organizations to facilitate training on CBIM and healthy teen relationships. In addition to working with youth, we also provide presentations and trainings to healthcare providers, parent groups, community organizations, and business owners. These presentations address the ways that health care providers, HR professionals, coworkers, supervisors, and employees who interact with the public like bartenders and DMV staff can recognize signs of domestic violence and respond effectively.
Best practices for Prevention Education
We work on every level of the Spectrum of Prevention from strengthening individual knowledge and skills through classroom-based education and engaging youth as partners in ending intimate partner and teen dating violence, to fostering coalitions and networks through our work on prevention committees, to influencing policies and legislation through our work on the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, MEN (Men Enagaging NOW), the FVCC Multnomah County Prevention Committee, and our work on the Healthy Teen Relationships Act and the Oregon Workplace Leave Bill.