CLOSE TO HOME DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION INITIATIVE INC

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Location: 42 Charles St Suite A Dorchester MA 02122 USA

Mission: Close to Home's mission is to foster community-wide responsibility to prevent and reduce the impact of domestic violence. We are building and supporting networks of community residents and organizations in local neighborhoods that want to take action and address the problem of domestic violence together. Close to Home believes that domestic violence is a critical community issue and that all community members - youth, residents, families, friends, neighbors, civic leaders, and organizational partners - are essential to designing and implementing the solutions to the problem. Close to Home seeks to create opportunities for people and organizations to: - Learn about domestic violence in their community,- Discuss and reflect on domestic violence in their lives and communities, - Develop skills to respond to and prevent domestic violence, - Develop and implement solutions to domestic violence, and - Build strong meaningful connections with each other. Close to Home is leveraging the success of our local community engagement work to influence domestic violence prevention practice and policy locally and nationally.

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Our organization donates to Close to Home annually. I had the chance to interact with staff and community discussing issues and the effects of domestic violence.

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How to review something as powerful as Close To Home in this small box will be challenging. The national statistics are that one out of three women is affected by domestic and sexual violence each year. That is more than are affected by automobile accidents, heart disease, and cancer. Yet it is a silent trauma that has a voice only after the physical effects appear – the bruises, broken bones, psychological trauma, and even death. During a meeting a few years ago, a social worker said that she attended the funeral of one of her friends who had been killed by a partner. There were more than 75 people at the funeral. Where were all those friends and neighbors before the violence escalated? Close to Home is all about engaging those family members, friends, neighbors and the community to prevent the cycle of violence and create long term social change around the issue.

It all started for me in 2001 when I began to fund after school programs in Boston. Over those 9 years I learned that one of the major stresses on the school children were due to violence in their home. Violence that ultimately resulted in homelessness, crime, financial insecurity, teenage pregancy and drug use, to name a few. The more I researched and interviewed teachers and caregivers, the more I found that domestic and sexual violence is one of the major contributors to stress in children. I wanted to get to the root of the issue but could not find a program that was specifically geared towards prevention. 6 years ago I met Aimee Thompson, the Executive Director of Close to Home at a Thanksgiving dinner, and was immediately intrigued by her model of "building strong communities to prevent domestic violence". I have been a Board Member ever since.

Through these years I have watched the Fields Corner community of Dorchester pull together and bring voices to those who have been suffering in the shadows. I have been honored to watch a former gang member become a youth leader and write in Close to Home’s Youth Literary Magazine that “A real man knows how to rise above his anger. A real man knows how to handle a situation with his mind rather than his fist….I don’t put my hands on people. Because simply put I’m a Real Man.”

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Empowering local youth who were once victims of domestic violence to become advocates and then community activists around the issue. From silence and isolation, they have grown to become leaders in the organization and community.

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Add more staff to enable the organization to reach outside the Dorchester neighborhood.

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