With 1 in 4 women experiencing domestic violence within their lifetime, according to the Center for Disease Control, Waypoint’s Domestic Violence Victim Services Program believes that creating partnerships between victim services, non-profit, and non-profit businesses can create positive outcomes for individuals struggling to cope with unsafe relationships. To increase the number of access points for individuals needing support for domestic violence issues, Waypoint is partnering with select businesses in Benton, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Jones and Linn Counties.
Through Project Safe Zone partnerships, victims experience fewer barriers to contacting victim service providers, and all Project Safe Zone business partners are publicly recognized for their commitment to helping create safe communities. If we work together, we can make a difference in the lives of community members struggling with domestic violence.
Project Safe Zone is designed to increase the availability of support and resources to individuals coping with relationship violence, especially in smaller outlying communities. Not only does this help the victims, but also the victims’ children. The National Coalition of Domestic Violence reports, “Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next. Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.”
Waypoint wants to increase opportunities for victims to create safety for themselves and their children; this in turn, will decrease the amount of violence a child witnesses in their home. Project Safe Zone will also benefit the community by spreading awareness about domestic violence, knowledge on how to offer support to victims, and increase community involvement with the cause.
Project Safe Zone aims to increase the visibility of resources in the community. By joining these efforts your business will become a recognized leader in creating a safe, supportive community.
Other benefits to your business include:
1. Ongoing public recognition in print and online media as a Project Safe Zone partner.
2. Initial and refresher Project Safe Zone trainings for all relevant employees.
3. Trainings would last one hour and cover procedures for connecting victims to Waypoint, how to provide basic emotional support to individuals seeking assistance, and basic information on how your business’ participation directly benefits victims and their children.