The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) was one of ten state Coalitions selected by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the five-year DELTA AHEAD project. The Coalition will be awarded 2.5 million dollars to work with a broad range of stakeholders to implement community-level violence prevention strategies. This is urgent work in Indiana where 42% of Hoosier women report that they have experienced forms of intimate partner violence—including domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking.
The CDC encourages the adoption of community-level strategies because research shows that these efforts can have the greatest and most sustainable impacts in preventing multiple forms of violence, across the lifespan. Laura Berry, ICADV’s Executive Director says, “This funding will greatly increase the reach of the Coalition’s work to promote safe, stable and nurturing community conditions where all Hoosiers can safely grow and thrive.”
Strategies supported within the DELTA AHEAD project will complement ICADV’s current prevention strategies promoting safety and health among populations disproportionately impacted by violence, including Black women and girls, People with Disabilities, and youth. ICADV will work with partners in state government and non-profit organizations, including our colleagues working to prevent sexual violence and child abuse.
ICADV will partner with Hands of Hope, a division of Radiant Health in Grant County, Indiana, to implement prevention programs including supporting fatherhood engagement programs, promoting workplace policies that support families’ financial stability, and investing in the development of green spaces for community recreation. The team will engage in rigorous evaluation across all project activities to contribute to the national evidence base for effective prevention strategies.