Sexual Violence Prevention

Family Services has been implementing Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) with Marist College students since 2010 with funding from the NYS Department of Health designated to provide interpersonal primary prevention programming. In 2011, Family Services expanded the MVP program with funding from the US Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women, which included the production of public service announcements illustrating the effectiveness of bystander intervention in preventing sexual violence. In 2013 we received United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region funding as part of a collaborative project with Grace Smith House in Dutchess County and Orange County Safe Homes in Orange County. In Dutchess County, Family Services was designated as the agency providing MVP to college students. This funding enabled Family Services to expand our MVP program to Vassar College and Dutchess Community College, as well as to offer the MVP Train the Trainer training to 24 individuals affiliated with our program and with our collaborative partners.


In 2014 we received additional funding from NYS Department of Health and Health Research, Inc. for a regional Sexual Violence Prevention project.  FSI is collaborating with Westchester Community Opportunities Program/Victim Assistance Services (WestCOP) and Mental Health Association/Rape Crisis (MHA) in Orange County. This partnership has allowed FSI and our regional partners to expand sexual violence prevention programing to reach students in two schools and four colleges in the three-county region, with MHA providing the Safe Dates program in high schools in Orange and FSI and WestCOP providing  Mentors in Violence Prevention bystander intervention programs in colleges in our respective counties.  We currently are in the process of implementing a regional social norming campaign using photography and story telling which allows both participating youth and community members to tell their stories in a way that is meaningful to them.


A Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Toolkit

Mentors in Violence Prevention

 – Who are you?

 – After the Party – Steubenville News Story


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