Prevention Plan

As of December, 2017, the Prevention Task Force has a working, complete draft of the Buncombe County Violence Prevention Plan. Below is the overview of the plan, followed by the guiding value statements. At the bottom of this page is a link to the complete draft.

Buncombe’s Violence Prevention Plan At A Glance
Spectrum of Prevention
GOALS
STRATEGIES
I
Strengthen INDIVIDUALS’ knowledge, skills and behaviors to increase ability to prevent violence and promote safety.
Strategy 1.1 Partner with local organizations and communities to provide coordinated, culturally sensitive, multi-session interactive education to children and youth ages pre-K through college, focused on increasing knowledge, skills and behaviors that are known to reduce violence. Prioritized topics include:
  • healthy relationships
  • gender equity
  • healthy sexuality and body autonomy
  • problem solving & conflict resolution (focus on personal accountability)
  • impulse control & self-regulation
  • bystander intervention
  • legal consequences of sexual misconduct
Strategy 1.2 Partner with local organizations and communities to provide multiple-session, culturally sensitive parenting programs and parenting supports that increase positive parenting knowledge, skills and behaviors (e.g. respectful communication, setting consistent rules and expectations, non-physical discipline) and knowledge of child development.
Strategy 1.3  Ensure marginalized populations that experience high rates of violence, including but not limited to  those identifying as LGBTQIA+, those with disabilities, undocumented immigrants, those experiencing Substance Use Disorders, and pregnant women receive intentional and appropriate prevention education.
II
Equip PROVIDERS with prevention education and resources to educate others and model positive norms.
Strategy 2.1 Engage providers across sectors who work with children and youth ages pre-K through college in regular training opportunities as well as setting/program-specific trainings. Trainings and resources will be framed around the science of RESILIENCE and focused on increasing providers’ ability to create environments, build skills and model behaviors known to reduce violence. Prioritized topics include those from Strategy 1.1 AND:
  • The power of language to promote or diminish respect and equity
  • Identification of survivors of violence, those at-risk for violence, and those displaying high levels of aggression for referral and early intervention
  • Positive behavior management
Strategy 2.2 Engage providers across sectors who work with parents in regular training opportunities as well as setting/program-specific trainings.  Trainings and resources will be framed around the science of RESILIENCE and focused on increasing providers’ ability to create environments, build skills and model behaviors known to reduce violence.
Strategy 2.3 Ensure providers working with marginalized populations that experience high rates of violence, including but not limited to those identifying as LGBTQIA+, those with disabilities, undocumented immigrants, those experiencing Substance Use Disorders, and pregnant women receive training opportunities tailored to their constituency.
III
Provide COMMUNITY education and engagement opportunities that foster connectedness and safety and build resilience.
Strategy 3.1 Build infrastructure in individual agencies and across the community for deeper community engagement and co-working partnerships.
Strategy 3.2 Foster community connectedness by recognizing, uplifting and expanding the capacity of existing community connections and leaders.
Strategy 3.3 Expand opportunities and support for youth leadership in local violence prevention work.
Strategy 3.4 Increase knowledge of and access to services in the county that support family wellbeing.
IV
Foster COALITIONS &  NETWORKS to sustain individual and community resilience.
Strategy 4.1 Map groups and initiatives currently contributing to violence prevention, and work with them to create/streamline one platform for communication and common agenda-setting.
Strategy 4.2 Invite important sectors not currently engaged in violence prevention work to strengthen existing prevention networks, specifically increasing capacity for research, data collection and analysis, and engaging with the private sector and faith communities.
Strategy 4.3 Expand the county’s capacity to identify children and youth who have experienced violence/ACEs early and strengthen formal and informal referral networks to ensure those children (and their families) receive timely and sufficient intervention to reduce the likelihood that they will grow up to be perpetrators or survivors of violence.
V
Promote ORGANIZATIONAL PRACTICES and procedures that are trauma-informed and prevent violence.
Strategy 5.1 Build the prevention team’s capacity to be a source for information and technical assistance around innovative, trauma-informed, equity-focused organizational practices and procedures that prevent violence.
Strategy 5.2 Support educational institutions and workplaces in creating and enforcing robust anti-harassment, violence-prevention policies.
Strategy 5.3 Build capacity to access, develop, and use data around organizational climate to guide decision-making and advocacy efforts.
Strategy 5.4 Develop a community-wide GRADING SYSTEM to recognize organizations with comprehensive policies that promote equity, safety and trauma-informed practices.
VI
Enact LAWS & POLICIES that support violence-free community norms & concrete supports for families.
Strategy 6.1  Expand local awareness, engagement, and opportunities for advocacy around federal, state and local laws/policies that directly impact the acceptance and prevalence of violence, including:
  • increasing funding for the primary prevention of violence
  • increasing funding for the prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences and early identification of and intervention with children who have experienced trauma
  • establishing/strengthening organizational and community norms that promote equity, positive communication and conflict resolution, respectful relationships (professional, personal and familial), and bystander intervention
  • promotion of policies which deconstruct rape culture
Strategy 6.2 Expand local awareness, engagement, and opportunities for advocacy around federal, state and local laws/policies that specifically impact the prevalence of family violence, including:
  • safe, affordable, stable housing
  • nutritious, affordable food
  • safe, reliable transportation
  • high-quality childcare and early childhood education
  • healthcare, mental health and substance use services
  • justice via the court systems
  • equitable opportunities for individual and community economic development


Core values that guided the drafting of this plan
In Buncombe County, we believe…
  1. Buncombe County can be a resilient community free from domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse.
  1. All people have the right to feel safe in their relationships with others.
  2. Violence includes physical abuse as well as non-physical, emotional abuse.
  3. Those impacted by violence are not at fault for the violence inflicted upon them.
  4. People who perpetrate violence in our community are responsible for that violence and should be held accountable.
  5. Violence is preventable and knowledge is power. All community members have a right to education that helps them recognize multiple forms of violence, examine attitudes toward violence, and develop skills to intervene in violent situations.
  6. We believe in healthy relationships where people resolve conflict respectfully. At any age or stage of life, people can learn skills in coping, self-regulation, and conflict resolution; these skills should be taught and modeled explicitly across our community.
  7. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)* have a tremendous impact on physical and emotional health across the lifespan. ACEs also greatly increases future violence victimization and perpetration. Preventing violence and trauma in childhood may be the most impactful way to break intergenerational cycles of violence and build healthier, safer communities.
  8. In order to prevent violence, we must actively work toward creating systems that support all individuals to have equitable power and agency in making decisions about their lives. We will dismantle laws, policies, and cultural norms that support systems of oppression.
  9. Community members, including youth, are experts on their communities’ cultures and assets, and their partnership and co-creation of activities is essential to shift norms and prevent violence.

*This includes an expanded understanding of ACEs, including community as well as individual/family trauma

Full DRAFT of Buncombe Violence Prevention Plan here

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