Collections > Master's Papers > Gillings School of Public Health > Multi-Faceted Strategy to Counter Domestic Abuse by Increasing Awareness and Formation of New Alliances among Vested Stakeholders
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Domestic violence is a preventable public health problem that impacts one in four women during their lifetime. This project addressed domestic abuse in Marinette County, WI through a multifaceted approach of increasing awareness, alliance formation, and resource sharing between vested stakeholders of domestic abuse in the community. The objectives of the project were to: 1) Increase awareness among health care providers in Marinette County, WI regarding warning signs of domestic abuse, intervention strategies and local support resources 2) Help form alliance between major stakeholders to allow for resource sharing to best help domestic abuse victims of Marinette County, WI. 3) Increase local community awareness by initiating awareness campaign about domestic abuse with Project Give (not for profit organization) Presentations were given to 56 health care providers in Marinette County addressing screening for domestic abuse, intervention strategies, and contact information for local domestic abuse shelter (The Rainbow House). As the second part of the project, new alliances were established by providing counseling to abuse victims through tele-psychiatry services at AHC. An AHC provider was selected to act as a liaison between AHC and the local shelter and was assigned a place on the board of directors of The Rainbow House to further cement this relationship. Lastly, community awareness was increased through work with a local not-for-profit organization (Project Give). Project Give Back (packs) was initiated to collect school supplies for families of abuse victims. New alliances were formed when the director of Project Give was invited to join the board of directors at The Rainbow House. This project demonstrated that a multi-faceted approach to target domestic abuse through resource sharing between vested stakeholders can increase awareness and have a positive impact on countering domestic violence in communities.