Prevention in North Dakota

Rape Prevention and Education Grant
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) receives the Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NDDoH funds two Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis (DV/RC) agencies to implement both a population and a community engagement strategy that align with the effective prevention principles using the public health approach. Their strategies are explained below.

Rape and Abuse Crisis Center (RACC), located in Fargo, is implementing a population-based and community engagement goal using RPE funds. The population goal uses the healthy teen relationship curriculum Teen Talk delivered to 8th grade students. The community-based goal involves The Changing Our Environment Committee that seeks to mobilize their community in the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence. Committee members include community leaders from diverse occupations that meet regularly to focus on the long-term prevention planning.

The Changing Our Environment Committee has developed an extensive orientation for new members that include videos, discussions, online courses, document review and presentations from RACC prevention staff. See below for specific orientation items and Changing Our Environment products.

Rape and Abuse Crisis Center actively engages men in their community in the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence. Click here for a summary of events involving men in prevention work.

In 2017, Rape and Abuse Crisis Center hosted Elevate, a primary prevention program for high school students that empowers young adults to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating violence.

Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC), located in Grand Forks, is implementing a population-based and community engagement goal using RPE funds. The population work revolves around a healthy relationship curriculum, Friendships that Work, developed by Dr. Kara Wetterstein, delivered to middle school students.

      Below is some information on Friendships that Work:

CVIC engages their community through their Community Action Team (CAT) to focus on social norms change.

In addition to the RPE prevention work, CVIC recently ended their Safer Tomorrows project. This is a collaborative effort involving shared leadership and active involvement by multiple organizations, survivors, youth, and underserved populations to reduce and end childhood exposure to violence in Grand Forks County. Primary project initiatives include: school violence prevention education, Restorative Justice, therapeutic intervention components, community awareness and training. The greatest accomplishment is the violence prevention education component, which reaches every student in every K-12 school (28 public and 3 parochial schools in 7 school districts), every Head Start preschool, and 6 additional preschools across the county on preventing violence and promoting healthy relationships at all child developmental stages. Click Here to get an overview of the major initiatives, successes and continued activities post-federal funding.

The Improve Group has been contracted to provide technical assistance and training related to evaluation, prevention, and leadership under the RPE Grant. Dr. Jennifer Obinna, previously of World Bridge Research, has been working with DELTA/RPE in North Dakota for more than 8 years. The Improve group plans all of the training and technical assistance activities based on the needs of the grant, the Department of Health and the RPE contractors.
CAWS ND
 CAWS North Dakota and Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) are introducing Young Men of Strength [YMOST], a campaign funded by the Verizon Foundation.

Focusing on role modeling bystander intervention, this anti-bullying and harassment public service announcement campaign addresses behaviors common to young men including: gender-based harassment, teasing, bullying and cyber-bullying. The YMOST campaign was inspired by MCSR’s Men of Strength (MOST) Club, a middle and high school youth development program that provides young men with a safe, consistent space to learn how to be strong without being violent.

CAWS ND’s campaign is comprised of four posters and palm cards. A digital toolkit, with more information about the campaign is also available.. Educators and community youth groups are encouraged to use the campaign materials to begin the conversation about bullying and harassment. Free materials are available from CAWS or the 20 domestic violence/rape crisis programs in the state.

***It should be noted that a poster campaign without the YMOST clubs would not be considered comprehensive primary prevention based on the nine principles or prevention. However, the toolkit supports primary prevention and social norms change messaging.
Other Primary Prevention Work in North Dakota
Strategy Agency City/School Contact
Coaching Boys into Men Abused Adult Resource Center Bismarck High School, Century High School, Mandan High School, Linton High School, Bismarck State College James Haussler
701.527.4641

Stan Stelter
701.222.8370
Coaching Boys into Men Community Violence Intervention Center,
Grand Forks
Grand Forks County Brittany Love
701.746.0405
Safe Dates Domestic Violence and Abuse Center, Inc., Grafton Minto, Cavalier, Grafton Staci Jenson
701.265.8686
Safe Dates Community Violence Intervention Center,
 Grand Forks
Grand Forks Peggy Jo Coll
701.746.0405
Safe Dates Safe Shelter, Jamestown Jamestown High School and
Carrington High School
Mary Thysell
701.251.2300
Safe Dates Abused Person Outreach Center, Valley City Valley City High School and
Griggs County Central
Jacob Olson
701.845.0078
Safe Dates Abuse Resource Network, Lisbon Enderlin, Forman, Milnor Liz Anderson
701.683.5061
Safe Dates McLean Family Resource Center, Washburn Washburn LeAnn Richard
701.462.8643
The 4th R Community Violence Intervention Center,
Grand Forks
Grand Forks County Brittany Love
701.746.0405