Women's Center of Montgomery County
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Community Education: Programs
My Hands Are Not for Hurting / My Words Are Not for Hurting
This program has been developed for Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade aged children. Awareness, knowledge, and the important ingredients of Healthy Relationships are imparted while your little ones are in these young and formative years. A strong and healthy foundation is priceless in the growing process.
Through our “My Hands Are Not for Hurting and My Words are Not for Hurting” program:
• Students will be introduced and/ or reinforced in the use of positive words and actions
• Facilitator will introduce and/ or reinforce the positive ways in which hands and words can be used
• Students will recognize the impact of negative words and actions
• Students will practice positive releases for anger and how to get help when and where needed
This is an interactive program and is approximately 15-20 minutes long. Educating children at this very important age has been proven to create a strong base of health and respect in all levels of relationships that they will carry through their lives. Imparting this knowledge and awareness can be nothing but a “win / win” situation for educators, your children, and society as a whole.
In addition to the presentation, each of your children will receive a “Hands Are Not for Hurting” coloring book, which contains playful, age-appropriate graphics, and the story that will have been read to them during our program. By taking the book home your children will be gifted with continued reinforcement of these often “life-saving” values. The coloring book also serves as safe contact information for household members who may be involved in domestic violence situations.
Elementary and Middle School
“Real Friends Do; Real Friends Don’t”
This program the activities and verbiage are geared toward Elementary and Middle School students. The message is universal throughout all of the programming that we offer.
The “Real Friends Do; Real Friends Don’t” Curriculum was designed to help students to:
• Recognize the signs of unhealthy friendships and other relationships
• Attain options for coping with and managing unhealthy relationships.
• Acquire increased awareness and respect of differences, boundaries and individual comfort levels
• Increase his/her feeling of empowerment
• Acquire knowledge to help a friend who is in an unhealthy friendship
• Understand the importance of Safety planning
• Receive additional resources to ensure optimum safety
This program is approximately 30-40 minutes long. Activities promote the recognition and regard for individuality; both of self and others. “Friend or Not”, “Flag on the Field”, “Friendship Jeopardy”, and “Step Safely Through Life” are a few of the activities that are used in the program.
High School and College Programs
We are honored to be involved in the education of students on Healthy Relationships at any level and especially teens because of the empowering knowledge that is needed at this pivotal life point. Our workshops are designed to educate and empower students by respecting both self and others. They will be given the tools that are crucial to recognize abuse and resist life experiences and relationships that may be unhealthy. We discuss relationships with family, friends, co-workers, classmates, teammates, dating relationships and others that your students experience on different life levels and on a daily basis.
The Healthy Relationships curriculum is flexibly designed to be a part of your school’s curriculum or as a special drop in program. We encourage our 10 week program for your students but we respect your school’s time constraints and scheduling demands. Any education is empowerment and this can be life-saving.
In the Healthy Relationships workshops, students will:
• Recognize warning signs, red flags, and dynamics that are signals of an unhealthy relationship
• Identify various types of abusive relationships
• Gain an understanding of stalking and technology in addition to steps to take in order to stay safe
• Acquire knowledge to help a friend who is in an unhealthy relationship
• Understand the importance of Safety Planning
• Receive additional resources to ensure optimum safety
Stalking and Technology
The goal of this program is to establish a Stalking Intervention Program on college campuses. The Women’s Center of Montgomery County helps them to create a comprehensive campus-specific protocol in response to stalking that will:
1) promote awareness of stalking as a crime;
2) provide students with the resources and tools they need to combat stalking; and
3) communicate the message to offenders that stalking is a serious crime that will not be tolerated.
Each year we conduct more than 25 trainings for law enforcement officers with our goals of educating them about our services and to improve our referral process for victims. Our collaborations with police departments throughout our county over the years have created a referral system that brings services to domestic violence victims immediately following police intervention. Under the Rights and Services Act, police officers are required to inform victims, with written notification, of the services that exist to assist them. In our county, we have taken this requirement one step further through the creation of a system known as the ‘Police Permission Slip Project. The Permission Slip Project was designed as an early intervention into domestic violence cases. It was implemented by the Women’s Center more than twenty years ago with the support of the District Attorney’s office. This model has been so successful that it has been replicated by other programs and other systems that work with victims of crime. In 2011, the Women's Center received more than 1400 direct victim referrals from police departments.
Since 2008, the Women’s Center of Montgomery County has maintained a collaborative partnership with the Senior Adult Activity Center, (SAAC) to serve victims of elder abuse.
In partnering with SAAC, which is the largest multi-service provider for senior services in our county, we believe that SAAC possesses the critical cultural competency for identifying the responses, protocols and resources we need to develop to address elder abuse and crimes against the elderly. With multiple locations, they, along with the Women’s Center of Montgomery County, can offer multiple points of service for seniors to access counseling, support group and court accompaniment.
Additionally, through the implementation of its Meals on Wheels Project, SAAC has a means of access to households in which elder abuse might be occurring. By training these SAAC volunteers and staff to identify and respond to elder abuse, we would be expanding access to services to hundreds of senior citizens throughout our region, helping them to overcome the limits of transportation, geography, and social isolation. We also include a component of outreach to other organizations who serve seniors, as well as the coordination of services with nursing homes and other senior centers in our county.Additional elder abuse services include court accompaniment, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups.
In partnering with The Senior Adult Activities Center, the largest multi-service provider for senior services in our county, we believe that SAAC possesses the critical cultural competency for identifying the responses, protocols and resources we need to develop to address elder abuse and crimes. Funding from this grant was utilized to begin the process of providing services to victims of elder abuse which include court accompaniment, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups. We also included a component of outreach to other organizations who serve seniors, as well as the coordination of services with nursing homes and other senior centers in our county.
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