Community-Based

Community Based projects are charged with developing, expanding, or strengthening coordinated community responses focused on prevention strategies and youth-centered intervention, treatment, and services for youth victims (ages 11– 24) of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Examples of projects in this area include:

CHASS Center/LA VIDA Partnership

The mission of the LA VIDA Partnership, a community program of CHASS Center, is to provide culturally appropriate family and sexual violence intervention and prevention services to Southwest Detroit residents and youth. The LA VIDA Youth Board was formed in 2012 to provide input, feedback and ownership of youth-based activities to help young survivors of dating violence and sexual assault and to plan awareness and prevention activities in Southwest Detroit. The Youth Board meets on a monthly basis and collaborates as a group to provide directions for the work to take within the confines of funding requirements and agency policy. We are also focused on providing direct counseling services to youth ages 5-24 who have been exposed to domestic violence or are direct victims of domestic violence. We provide prevention and community awareness events to reduce domestic and sexual violence in Southwest Detroit.”

Women’s Center for Advancement

We seek to provide services for children and youth exposed to stalking and domestic/dating/sexual violence, including youth victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, through as direct counseling, advocacy, or mentoring. We also provide training, coordination, and advocacy for programs that serve youth on how to safely and confidentially identify children and families experiencing domestic violence and properly refer them to programs that can provide direct services to the children and family. Further, this group seeks to create public education campaigns and supporting community organizing to encourage men and boys to work as allies to women and girls, endeavoring to prevent domestic/sexual violence. Finally, we create and employ interventions to increase their capacity to be leaders and influencers in combating violence against women and girls.”