OVERVIEW OF FLORIDA'S DELTA PROGRAM
Since 2002, FCADV has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and implement the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) program. In 2003, FCADV organized a DELTA Oversight Committee composed of a diverse group of state-level professionals whose responsibilities include offering guidance and support to the State Coordinator and assisting with monitoring local projects. In 2006 the Oversight Committee expanded as its responsibilities evolved to include being responsible for creating a statewide prevention plan. The Committee is now referred to as DELTA State Steering Committee.
FCADV is committed to advancing the understanding and implementation of primary prevention principles at the local level. DELTA funds have allowed FCADV to provide numerous trainings and technical assistance visits for local DELTA programs in Florida.
FCADV continues to support local DELTA programs by providing program evaluation training and technical assistance. FCADV meets with local programs regularly to promote Getting to Outcomes, a planning framework, and empowerment evaluation. The state DELTA Coordinator also emphasizes primary prevention during trainings with non-DELTA and partner organizations.
In 2013, FCADV was awarded a grant from the CDC called DELTA FOCUS (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances, Focusing on Outcomes for Communities United with States). DELTA FOCUS is a five-year grant and Florida is one of 10 state domestic violence coalition grantees funded to engage in primary prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV).
Through DELTA FOCUS, FCADV supported IPV prevention at the state and local levels through strategies that address the structural determinants of health at the societal and community levels of the social-ecological model. In addition to addressing individual and relationship factors associated with IPV outcomes, FCADV supports work to change the environments and conditions in which people live, work and play.
In 2018, FCADV was awarded a new five-year grant from the CDC called DELTA Impact. The purpose of DELTA (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances) Impact is to bring about decreases in intimate partner violence risk factors and increases in intimate partner protective factors by increasing strategic data-driven planning and sustainable use of community and societal level primary prevention activities based on the best available evidence. Florida is one of ten states to receive this funding. Each state will implement programs and policy efforts aimed at impacting three focus areas: Create Protective Environments; Engage influential adults and peers; and Strengthen Economic Supports for Families.
STATE FUTURE DIRECTIONS
FCADV is committed to advancing primary prevention principles at the state level. The Coalition has been, and will continue to be, actively promoting primary prevention and plans by integrating prevention into upcoming events. FCADV and the State Steering Committee has created a state-level Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Plan that will guide its efforts in the coming years. An empowerment evaluator is working closely with the State Coordinator and the State Steering Committee to implement this plan. FCADV will continue to implement prevention principles, concepts, and practices within the Coalition and provide technical assistance to local projects and conduct training on primary prevention of intimate partner violence.
Fiscal Agent: The Shelter for Abused Women and Children, Inc.
Focus Area: Strengthen Economic Support for Families through a policy effort related to paid leave and benefits.
Fiscal Agent: Sunrise of Pasco County, Inc.
Focus Area: Create Protective Environments through implementing Shifting Boundaries a program designed to engage youth and schools in creating safer spaces.
Fiscal Agent: Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Focus Area: Engage Influential Adults and Peers through implementing Coaching Boys into Men.
Fiscal Agent: Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Focus Area: Strengthen Economic Supports for Families through a policy effort related to TANF access.
PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) domestic violence is a significant public health problem in the United States. Research indicates that Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) exists on a continuum from episodic violence-a single or occasional occurrence-to battering (Johnson, 1995). Battering is more frequent and intensive and involves one partner who develops and maintains control over the other. For additional information about the magnitude and consequences of IPV, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) IPV fact sheet.
All forms of IPV, from episodic violence to battering, are preventable. The key to prevention is focusing on first-time perpetration and first-time victimization. Knowledge about the factors that promote IPV is lacking. CDC is working to better understand the developmental pathways and social circumstances that lead to this type of violence. In addition, the agency is helping organizations evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs to reduce both victimization and perpetration.
The Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) program seeks to reduce the incidence (i.e., number of new cases) of IPV in funded communities. The program addresses the entire continuum of IPV from episodic violence to battering through a variety of activities.
For more information about Prevention or the DELTA Project contact Florida's DELTA Coordinator: