DELTA FOCUS Project
Current work requires evaluation of both processes and outcomes in hopes of contributing to a body of practice based evidence for what works to prevent intimate partner violence.
DELTA = Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances
FOCUS = Focusing on Outcomes, Communities United with States
Funded originally in September, 2002, the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Program sought to add a significant prevention focus to the existing Coordinated Community Response model by funding state domestic violence coalitions who would act as intermediary organizations by providing prevention-focused training and technical assistance and funding to local communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Injury Prevention Center awarded 9 state domestic violence coalitions (SDVC), including the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, with a cooperative agreement. Five additional coalitions were awarded cooperative agreements in January, 2003. The DELTA cooperative agreement recipients are SDVC’s located in the following states: Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
In April, 2003, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network published a Request for Proposals to local domestic violence agencies and non-profit organizations. Over 20 agencies responded and in August, 2003 four domestic violence agencies were infused with funding to be used strictly for primary prevention activities including coalition development, planning and implementation. Currently, the following organizations and counties were funded by ODVN to implement and evaluate intimate partner violence prevention strategies:
- Abuse and Rape Crisis Shelter of Warren County – Violence-Free Coalition
- Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center – Lucas County DELTA Project
- New Directions – Knox County DELTA Project
- ODVN-Ohio Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Consortium
In March 2005, the Centers for Disease Control, National Injury Prevention Center announced the extension of the DELTA Program for three more years. The new funding cycle will seek to integrate prevention principles, concepts and practices into local Coordinated Community Responses (CCRs) that address intimate partner violence (IPV) such that the incidence of IPV (i.e., number of new cases) is reduced. These prevention principles, concepts and practices include the following:
- Preventing first-time perpetration and first-time victimization;
- Reducing vulnerability/risk-factors associated with IPV perpetration and victimization;
- Promoting protective-factors that reduce the likelihood of IPV perpetration or victimization;
- Evidence-based prevention program planning;
- Use of behavior and social change theories in prevention program planning;
- Addressing all levels of the social ecology (i.e., individual, relationship, community, and society) in prevention program planning and evaluation, and
- Evaluating prevention programs and activities and using results to inform future prevention plans, programs, and activities.
At the state and local level, DELTA is engaged in process and outcome evaluation planning as well as planning for continuous quality improvement and sustainability.
To learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage on DELTA at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/DELTA/default.htm
You can view CDC factsheets on Intimate Partner Violence at http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/intimatepartnerviolence/index.html
Learn about primary prevention strategies for intimate partner violence at http://cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/intimatepartnerviolence/prevention.html