Safe neighborhoods and communities promote physical and mental health, individual well-being and community cohesion.

  • Strengthen supports available to victims of intimate partner violence.
  • Expand services geared towards reintroducing previously incarcerated individuals back into society.
  • Why This Strategy Matters

    About 5,000 people reported intimate partner violence in the region in 2017 (NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services). These victims often times feel stuck in their situations because the repercussions for their abusers are too often not severe, leaving them at risk of further abuse. Victims often worry that if they were to leave their partner, it would threaten their own safety or the safety of their children. Some leave but return to an abusive situation because they do not have the means to support themselves and their children financially. Taking measures to separate and protect victims from their abusers, and ensure they have opportunities to be economically secure, can make victims feel more comfortable in seeking help and limit further incidents of intimate partner violence.

  • Potential Action Steps

    Expand services and supports for survivors of intimate partner violence at neutral venues where the confidentiality and safety of survivors is prioritized.

    Expand training for service providers and others who may be engaged to help identify intimate partner violence and encourage survivors to seek help.

    Engage educators, workforce developers, and employers in the suite of services available to intimate partner violence survivors to ensure that survivors are not only safe, but also have the skills and training needed to secure a good-paying job and live apart from their abuser.

    Expand access to services through communication that resonates with survivors. It should be culturally and ethnically sensitive and inclusive of all ages, genders, marital status, and family composition.

  • Potential Actors in the Community

    All service providers
    Women's services providers
    Health providers
    Law enforcement and judicial system
    Elected officials and policymakers
    Housing service providers
    Immigrant and refugee service providers
    Business community
    Workforce development organizations

Models to Consider

  • No More

    No More

    Various locations across the U.S. and beyond

    No More is an initiative dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault through efforts to increase awareness, inspire action, and fuel culture change. No More operates globally as a coalition of nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, media, schools, and individuals all addressing domestic violence and sexual assault. Launched in 2013, No More has grown into the largest public awareness campaign on domestic violence and sexual assault in history, with almost 1,200 organizations and 75,000 individuals joining the initiative. In addition to large-scale media campaigns, the initiative provides tools to survivors, providers, and allies, education and community engagement, grassroots activism and fundraising, and outreach and technical assistance.
  • Cut It Out

    Cut it Out

    Various locations across the U.S.

    Cut It Out, The Beauty Community Against Domestic Abuse empowers professionals and students in the salon/spa, and beauty industries to recognize domestic abuse among customers and to safely refer clients to resources for intimate partner violence. Due to the intimate nature of beauty care and the trust that is often built between client and professional in this field, professionals are uniquely positioned to identify signs of abuse. Cut It Out was started by The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham and the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a statewide program, then the National Cosmetology Association expanded the program nationally in 2003. Today, the program is administered by the Professional Beauty Association.
  • Why This Strategy Matters

    Depending on how much time they served, previously incarcerated individuals are returning to a society that has changed significantly since they were sentenced. Insights from residents suggest these individuals often struggle to assimilate back into society, which makes it more likely for them to return to the familiar lifestyles and activities that led to their incarceration. For previously incarcerated individuals to adjust to society in a positive and productive way, it is critical for them to have access to services that help with their transition. Support services such as job training and placement, housing assistance, and counseling can help create economic opportunities for previously incarcerated individuals, and prevent them from returning to prison.

  • Potential Action Steps

    Begin the process for reintroduction to society prior to the individual's release date.

    Include previously incarcerated individuals in community programs that focus on job training. Also include companies that hire previously incarcerated individuals in job placement services.

    Incorporate wraparound services into the suite of programs available to formerly incarcerated individuals. This might include housing, education and training, job placement, mental health, transportation, or addiction and counseling services.

    Increase awareness of and investment into successful community-based reentry programs through research, data, and the tracking of outcomes.

    Raise awareness of governmental programs such as ACCESS-VR which supports individuals with a wide variety of disabilities, including substance abuse disorders, which are common among the re-entry population, in attaining employment that fits with their interests and personal goals. This includes education, training and job placement assistance.

  • Potential Actors in the Community

    Anti-recidivism organizations
    Law enforcement and courts
    Workforce development organizations
    Housing service providers
    Health service providers
    Transportation service providers

Models to Consider

  • Anti-Recidivism Coalition

    Anti-Recidivism Coalition

    Los Angeles, CA

    The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) started in 2013 with the mission to change lives and create safe, healthy communities by providing a support and advocacy network for formerly incarcerated individuals. Serving previously incarcerated individuals across seven counties in California, ARC has successfully advanced policy reforms and assisted over 1,200 formerly incarcerated people since it was founded. ARC offers services such as mental health services, case management, housing assistance, career development, and services specifically for currently incarcerated individuals such as workshops and peer mentoring.
  • Delancey Street Foundation

    Delancey Street Foundation

    San Francisco, CA

    The Delancey Street Foundation was created in 1971 in San Francisco to introduce a new model of working with all people who struggled with crime, homelessness, violence, gangs, generational poverty and drug abuse. The organization is unique in its approach, which involves participants living in Residential Educational Communities for several years. Residents of Delancey Street Foundation communities must commit to living a drug, alcohol, and violence free life while they live there, and must both learn new skills while teaching other residents. Residents work in the foundation's businesses to develop new soft and hard skills that aim to enable residents to graduate and return to society with the tools they need to function without drugs and violence. Residents run the organization themselves under the direction and guidance of the President and Board of Directors, including management of the organization's businesses. Funding comes from businesses operated by Delancey Street residents, in addition to donations from corporations, individuals, and foundations.
  • The Last Mile

    The Last Mile

    San Quentin, CA and other locations across the U.S.

    Started in 2010 in California, The Last Mile is a 501(c)3 that teaches inmates web development and programming, providing them with marketable skills that can lead to gainful employment after release from prison. Since its inception, the organization has expanded from a single facility in California to 12 program locations in California, Indiana, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The program offers hands-on education in prison facilities, paid work at market comparable wages, and partnerships with businesses that provide apprenticeships for recently released individuals. The Last Mile has served 460 incarcerated individuals, helped 60 recently released individuals find full time employment or higher education, and has a 0% recidivism rate for those who have gone through the program.

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