Prevention Programs

 

For all in-person programs, we strive to have our On-Scene Advocates, who are trained in domestic and sexual violence crisis intervention skills, present for our prevention programs to provide support for participants who might feel overwhelmed or triggered by our programming content. Our zoom-based live programs also have an On-Scene Advocate that a participant can private message with.  

School-Based Sexual & Dating Violence Prevention Programming

Building Healthy Relationships (BHR)

BHR is an interactive curriculum, usually occurring over three to nine sessions, designed to prevent dating and sexual violence. Specially trained educators tailor presentations to fit the time frames and specific needs of each school. This program is offered to area middle and high schools. BHR covers the following evidenced-based prevention topics: gender roles and stereotypes; power, control, and equality across relationship behaviors; boundaries; sexual violence and affirmative consent; and bystander intervention. Our objective is for participants to leave with the shared goal of preventing violence in the future and in possession of the skills to do so. If you are interested in scheduling a BHR program, please contact our Prevention Program Coordinator, Lindsey Badger, at prevention@middlewayhouse.net.

Click here to see BHR Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here to view the 2021-2022 YOUTH Resource Guide.

The course has been adapted to Canvas for MCCSC for Fall 2020; students and their parents who are enrolled in the course can view it there.

Elementary Prevention Programming

Our part-time Prevention Specialist, Kyla Wargel, along with  board member and prevention volunteer Peg Smith have developed the  Elementary Prevention Program (EPP) curriculum. Lessons and activities focus on: understanding and demonstrating empathy, learning about and embracing differences, developing skills for emotional regulation and conflict management, and identifying boundaries and corresponding safe and appropriate interactions. If you are interested in violence prevention programming for elementary-age children in your life, please contact Kyla at kyla@middlewayhouse.org.

Click here to view the EPP curriculum guide for in-person sessions. Virtual adaptations can be made available for Fall 2020; please contact Kyla for more information.

Youth-Serving Agency-Based Sexual and Dating Violence Prevention Programming

For area youth-serving agencies, we draw upon our BHR and EPP core lessons to bring a wide range of interactive activities, discussions, and projects to at-risk youth. Youth-serving agencies we have worked with include: Banneker Center, Bloomington Afterschool Network, Boys and Girls Club, Bradford Woods, Girls, Inc., Monroe County Public Library Teen programs, Prism Youth Community, Rhinos, Stepping Stones, and the Youth Services Bureau. If your youth-serving agency is interested in prevention programming, please contact our Prevention Program Coordinator, Lindsey Badger, at prevention@middlewayhouse.net.

Click here to view the recording of the recent MWH/Monroe County Public Library “Ask Anything” Program.

Campus & Community-Based Adult Sexual and Dating Violence Prevention Programming

For campus and community-based groups, we provide adult-oriented prevention education. Examples of campus and community-based settings we’ve served include mental health and addictions groups, Indiana University classes, Monroe County Public Library adult programs, individuals incarcerated in the Monroe County Jail, in addition to conferences, festivals, churches, service provider meetings and open-to-the-public events. If your campus or community group is interested in prevention programming, or there is a prevention initiative you would like to see in our community, please contact our Prevention Program Coordinator, Lindsey Badger, at prevention@middlewayhouse.net.

Ongoing Support Groups and Peer Advocacy Rooted in Primary Prevention 

Teen Peer Advocates (TPAs)

TPAs are local high-school age youth empowered with information, resources, and peer advocacy skills to support youth survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, and human trafficking in our community. We hold a six-part Teen Peer Advocacy training program each semester. We also organize an MLK-inspired social justice project every January to prevent teen dating and sexual violence. If you, or a youth in your life, are interested in becoming a Teen Peer Advocate, please contact our Prevention Program Coordinator, Lindsey Badger, at prevention@middlewayhouse.net.

Queer Peer Advocacy (QPA)

Queer Peer Advocacy is a monthly support group and confidential space for people identifying along the spectrum of queerness to share experiences, strengthen bonds, and develop the skills needed to inspire one another and ignite action in the communities where we live. QPA is not specifically for survivors of domestic or sexual violence. Primary prevention tells us that strengthening LGBTQIA+ communities decreases domestic and sexual violence.  Facilitators are MWH staff and community members who identify along the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. If you are interested in participating, please contact our Prevention Program Coordinator, Lindsey Badger, at prevention@middlewayhouse.net.

QueerTalk Book Club

In partnership with Monroe County Public Library (MCPL), this book club is intended to be affirming for all who identify as LGBTQIA+. Join in this safe space to discuss books written by and for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Age 16 & up.

Starting in November, we will be hosting virtual book clubs on both Monday evenings (6-7:30pm November 1st, 15th, & 29th and December 13th & 27th) and Sunday afternoons (1:30-3pm November 7th & 21st and December 5th & 19th) – hoping to make these events more accessible to folks. Come to both if you would like to dig deep into the chapters, or come to one or the other if that is what your schedule permits. We will be reading We Do This ‘Til We Free Us by Mariame Kaba, and will spend the first meeting grounding into the book, getting to know one another, and making decisions about how we will divide up the book. The book is available on Hoopla through the MCPL, and starting Nov 9th, it will be available as an audiobook through the library overdrive account. To register for these events, please fill out the event google form. If you would like a hard copy of the book or have any questions, please contact our Prevention Program Coordinator, Lindsey Badger, at lindsey@middlewayhouse.org

Letter Writing Nights to Incarcerated Survivors

Monthly letter writing events provide participants with the opportunity to write letters of support to incarcerated survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Participants can write a loved one or hear and select a survivor’s story. All ages are welcome. These events are held on the third Thursday of each month from 7-8pm. Letter Writing Night is held over Zoom for the time being. These events are held in collaboration with MCPL’s NonProfit Central, New Leaf-New Life, the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project, All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, the IU Middle Way House Chapter, and Bloomington PRIDE. To register, fill out this google form. If you have any questions, please contact kyla@middlewayhouse.org.