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Bystanders make a difference!

For the past several years there have been several initiatives in Anoka County to increase positive bystander behavior to prevent interpersonal violence. Obliviate the Hate and Green Dot are two initiatives that have met with great success in high schools. The key to being a pro-active bystander is to understand the power we each have and raise our comfort level in using that power to intervene. Read how one local team put these concepts in to practice: http://www.askcoachwolff.com/2015/03/17/heroic-athletes-a-moment-in-sports-worth-savoring/

Make your church, business, or organization part of the solution to preventing interpersonal violence! Contact Donna McDonald, Violence Prevention Coordinator at 763-422-7047 to learn more about or schedule a Green Dot training.

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Coaching for Change becomes a mandated course in Minnesota

Coaching for Change, a course developed by The Domestic/Sexual Violence Prevention Council, Men as Peacemaker’s, Gender Violence Institute, Breckenridge Productions and Minnesota High School League, was accepted as a required continuing education course for all high school coaches in the state of Minnesota. The course provides coaches with education, resources and skills in addressing sexual/domestic/teen dating violence, harassment, and bullying. A parallel course for community coaches that work with younger kids is almost ready for release as well.

The course is also featured on Joe Ehrmann’s nationally popular “Coach For America” site under “In the Spotlight”. Check out this innovative new resource for high school coaches.

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Free workshop for all engaged in the lives of children and youth

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.   The Anoka County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) has three events for the community. CAPC is sponsoring their annual FREE workshop on Tuesday, April 21,  Building Empathy .  Building Empathy in our children is a hot topic in our disconnected culture. Click on the link to the flyer to learn more about the speaker and topic.

Also catch the community documentary, It Just Takes One, focusing on what we ALL need to know and can do in our communities to prevent child abuse. It airs during the month of April on North Metro TV.
Consult local listings for times.

Support the CAPC by dining at Boston’s in Coon Rapids on April 14. Mention the CAPC and 10% of your check will be donated OR buy a Pinwheel for Prevention to show your support!

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What does Yoga have to do with sexual violence?

April is Sexual Violence Prevention month. The Domestic & Sexual Violence Coalition of Anoka County is sponsoring a YOGA FOR EVERYONE event at the Emma B. Howe YMCA on April 21. Check out the flyer and learn how this popular form of exercise and relaxation can also be helpful to those who experience trauma in their lives.

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ACES in MN

ACES has been said to flip the question from “what is wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?” The Adverse Childhood Effects Study is doing much to inform our communities on how certain experiences in childhood may contribute to lifelong health risk behaviors and chronic health conditions.  The original study, done by Kaiser Permanente, was done by the MN Department of Public Health.  Here is what ACEs looks like in MN: ACE_ExecutiveSummary MN1

To read more go to the  MN Department of Health website.

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Keeping our elders safe

Unfortunately there are more and more reports of elderly people in crisis or danger, many times from their caretaker.  Learn more about signs and symptoms and what you can do if you feel you need to make a report at www.safemn.org.

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Violence as an infectious Disease

Gary Slutkin spent a decade fighting tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS epidemics in Africa. When he returned to the United States, he thought he’d escape brutal epidemic deaths. But then he began to look more carefully at gun violence, noting that its spread followed the patterns of infectious diseases. A mind-flipping look at a problem that too many communities have accepted as a given. We’ve reversed the impact of so many diseases, says Slutkin, and we can do the same with violence. Learn more directly from Dr. Slutkin Link:  http://www.ted.com/talks/gary_slutkin_let_s_treat_violence_like_a_contagious_disease.html?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=button__2013-1010

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