Ventura County exceeds the state average for child abuse! According statistics compiled by UC Berkeley, almost 59 out of every 1,000 kids are abused. In an estimated 90 percent of these crimes, the child knows the perpetrator. “We miss a key component if we don’t prepare children to be part of their protection,” explains Erik Sternad, Executive Director Interface Children & Family Services in today’s article by Colleen Cason of the VC Star (to read click on ‘Read More’).
Preventing Family Violence
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention “My Body Belongs to Me”
A personal safety/child abuse prevention program, My Body Belongs to Me, is for children from preschool through 6th grade and their families. The program works to educate and empower children in a non-threatening way, so that they may be better equipped to avoid abuse. This safety program teaches children how to respond to potentially dangerous people and situations. The program is offered to schools, day-care centers and other child care and youth facilities free of charge. To learn more about the My Body Belongs to Me Program call (805) 485-6114 ext. 691.
Teen Dating Violence Prevention
The Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program provides school-based prevention programming to high school students throughout Ventura County. The program includes three, one-hour presentations which are provided over the course of one semester. Presentation topics include discussions on the various forms of dating violence, including emotional, verbal, digital, and physical abuse, and encourages teens to develop healthy communication skills and relationships. For more information or to schedule a presentation please call (805) 485-6114 ext. 616.
> Interface’s Teen Dating Violence Prevention Website
> Click here to view the schools Interface is currently providing these programs.
Community Awareness & Outreach
Community awareness and outreach are provided through presentations, informational booths and resources free of charge on topics related to family violence prevention. Our outreach staff and volunteers speak at schools/universities, faith centers, places of employment, medical facilities, law enforcement agencies, health fairs and community events.
The following presentations are available:
- Domestic Violence 101
- Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
- Domestic Violence and the Work Place
- Domestic Violence for Health Care Practitioners
Call (805) 485-6114, ext. 616 for more information or to schedule a presentation.