PREVENTION

  • Bullying
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Elder Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • School Programs
  • Suicide

Olweus
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a systems-wide approach designed to prevent and reduce bullying throughout the school setting. The multi-component approach involves school administration, school staff, students, parents and the community at large to successfully address bullying in schools.
The program is focused on long-term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. It is designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, junior high and high schools (K-12). The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among schoolchildren and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among students, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States.

Donna Dickman, PVFF Executive Director is the Ohio Coordinator for the Olweus Program. For more information on the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, contact Donna at ddickman@pvff.org or call 419-549-8530.

ACT Raising Safe Kids
The ACT/Raising Safe Kids Parenting Program, created by the American Psychological Association, is a national research-based initiative designed to educate communities and families on creating safe and healthy environments that protect children from violence. ACT/ Raising Safe Kids was developed for parents and caregivers of children from 0 – 8 years of age. The curriculum of the program addresses:

Social & emotional development
How children learn violence
Adult role modeling of anger management and social problem solving
Media violence
Effective discipline

PVFF staff members can provide both the two-day facilitator training for professionals, empowering them to deliver evidence-based programming to their constituents or present the eight-week parent program within the Allen, Auglaize and Hardin County area. For more information on how to bring ACT/Raising Safe Kids into your community, email Donna at ddickman@pvff.org or call 419-549-8530.

Talking About Touching
The Partnership for Violence Free Families addresses the prevention of child sexual assault by supporting an evidence-based program entitled Talking About Touching. This personal safety program is designed for children preschool – 3rd grade. Parents are a key component in this program and are invited to attend a one-hour session before the children begin their classroom material. Talking about Touching is presented through 14-weekly sessions facilitated during the school day. Each session is composed of:
1) a story on a safety topic,
2) discussion about a safety topic, and
3) a skill set learned and rehearsed about a safety topic.

The fourteen sessions are grouped in two units:
a) Personal Safety including car safety, fire safety, traffic safety, gun safety, getting lost, getting permission and
b) Touching Safety including safe touches, unsafe touches, the touching rule, the learning the safety steps.

Research has shown that parents of children that participate in the Talking About Touching Program reported significantly greater communications with their children in regards to talking about personal safety improving the chances that children will come to them with any concerns or reporting. PVFF presents this program as requested in school and after-school settings. Contact Donna at ddickman@pvff.org or call 419-549-8530 for more information.

Safe Dates
As of December 28, 2009 Gov. T. Strickland signed House Bill 19 into law that each school district must adopt a policy to prevent and address incidents of dating violence at school; provide staff training on dating violence prevention and include dating prevention education for 7th through 12th grade health classes. Safe Dates Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program meets all of HB 19 mandates.

Highly engaging and interactive, Safe Dates gets young people thinking about: 

how they want to be treated by a dating partner
how they want to treat a girlfriend or boyfriend
what abusive dating relationships look like
why dating abuse happens - causes and consequences
how to tell if they are in an abusive relationship
what to do about feelings of anger and jealousy

how to help yourself or a friend who might be in an abusive relationship

PVFF staff members can provide both the one-day Safe Dates facilitator training for school staff, teaching them how to deliver this evidence-based programming to their students or present the ten-week school-based program within the Allen, Auglaize and Hardin County area. For more information on how to bring Safe Dates into your community, email Donna at ddickman@pvff.org or call 419-549-8530

The Engaging Communities, Making Change Coalition of Allen County started in September 2011 as a response to the bath salts epidemic in our community. Since then, the coalition has grown to address other community wide issues such as heroin use, finding healthy alternatives for youth, and drug free workplace policy development. If you are interested in joining the coalition, please send an e-mail to Dyesha Darby at ddarby@pvff.org

The Generation Rx Initiative began at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 2007 as a program to enhance medication safety and combat the increasing misuse and abuse of prescription drugs through educational prevention. Partnering with the Cardinal Health Foundation, the program has created toolkits aimed at specific audiences that are available to the public, including schools at no cost.  To schedule a Generation RX presentation, please contact Dyesha Darby at ddarby@pvff.org

Elder Abuse
The Partnership for Violence Free Families along with Burton’s Ridge, Shawnee Manor and Lima Manor have organized a 1-hour workshop for: • Family Members • Neighbors • Home Visitors • Church Members • Home Health Care • Bank tellers, letter carriers, repair people • Community Members.

Our biggest hope to end abuse against the elderly and to prevent untimely deaths through suicide is for those seeing “red flags” that something is not right with our seniors and come to the aid of those suffering. The information that Neighborhood Elder Reach Workshop participants will receive will give them the understanding and knowledge of taking critical information about someone you are concerned about to the right agencies that exist to help. Participants attending a Neighborhood Elder Reach Workshop will learn about • Defining elder abuse and neglect along with the warning signs you may see • Understanding depression and suicide among the elderly • How you can help • Who you can call – local community resources Contact Donna Dickman at ddickman@pvff.org or call 419-549-8530 to schedule a workshop.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. The course trains participants to help people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.
You learn:

Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.


For more information about Mental Health First Aid visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. To register for an upcoming training, please e-mailDyesha Darby at ddarby@pvff.org


Olweus

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a systems-wide approach designed to prevent and reduce bullying throughout the school setting. The multi-component approach involves school administration, school staff, students, parents and the community at large to successfully address bullying in schools.
The program is focused on long-term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. It is designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, junior high and high schools (K-12). The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among schoolchildren and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among students, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States.

Donna Dickman, PVFF Executive Director is the Ohio Coordinator for the Olweus Program. For more information on the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, contact Donna at ddickman@pvff.org or call 419-549-8530.

Lifelines

Lifelines, a teen suicide prevention program is a comprehensive, whole-school suicide prevention curriculum for implementation in middle school and high school. Lifelines addresses the whole school community by providing suicide awareness and prevention training and local resources for school administrators, faculty and staff members, parents, and students.

Information about suicide and the role of students in suicide prevention is presented in four easy-to-follow lessons. In the process of teaching students how to help a friend, students who may be suicidal themselves will learn the importance of getting help as well. This compelling program is an ideal component to your school's prevention programming.

PVFF provides Lifelines training for school staff that meets the mandates of H.B.543, passed in 2012. Parent training is available for PTO, back to school, or open house meetings. PVFF staff members can present the four-session class program to students, grades 7 – 12 within the Allen, Auglaize and Hardin County area. Contact Michelle at mbreitigan@pvff.org or call 419-549-8530 for more information.

Talking About Touching
The Partnership for Violence Free Families addresses the prevention of child sexual assault by supporting an evidence-based program entitled Talking About Touching. This personal safety program is designed for children preschool – 3rd grade. Parents are a key component in this program and are invited to attend a one-hour session before the children begin their classroom material. Talking about Touching is presented through 14-weekly sessions facilitated during the school day. Each session is composed of:
1) a story on a safety topic,
2) discussion about a safety topic, and
3) a skill set learned and rehearsed about a safety topic.

The fourteen sessions are grouped in two units:
a) Personal Safety including car safety, fire safety, traffic safety, gun safety, getting lost, getting permission and
b) Touching Safety including safe touches, unsafe touches, the touching rule, the learning the safety steps.

Research has shown that parents of children that participate in the Talking About Touching Program reported significantly greater communications with their children in regards to talking about personal safety improving the chances that children will come to them with any concerns or reporting. PVFF presents this program as requested in school and after-school settings. Contact Donna at ddickman@pvff.org or call 419-549-8530 for more information.

Safe Dates
As of December 28, 2009 Gov. T. Strickland signed House Bill 19 into law that each school district must adopt a policy to prevent and address incidents of dating violence at school; provide staff training on dating violence prevention and include dating prevention education for 7th through 12th grade health classes. Safe Dates Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program meets all of HB 19 mandates.

Highly engaging and interactive, Safe Dates gets young people thinking about: 

how they want to be treated by a dating partner
how they want to treat a girlfriend or boyfriend
what abusive dating relationships look like
why dating abuse happens - causes and consequences
how to tell if they are in an abusive relationship
what to do about feelings of anger and jealousy

how to help yourself or a friend who might be in an abusive relationship

PVFF staff members can provide both the one-day Safe Dates facilitator training for school staff, teaching them how to deliver this evidence-based programming to their students or present the ten-week school-based program within the Allen, Auglaize and Hardin County area. For more information on how to bring Safe Dates into your community, email Donna at ddickman@pvff.org or call 419-549-8530

 

Lifelines
Lifelines, a teen suicide prevention program is a comprehensive, whole-school suicide prevention curriculum for implementation in middle school and high school. Lifelines addresses the whole school community by providing suicide awareness and prevention training and local resources for school administrators, faculty and staff members, parents, and students.

Information about suicide and the role of students in suicide prevention is presented in four easy-to-follow lessons. In the process of teaching students how to help a friend, students who may be suicidal themselves will learn the importance of getting help as well. This compelling program is an ideal component to your school's prevention programming.

PVFF provides Lifelines training for school staff that meets the mandates of H.B.543, passed in 2012. Parent training is available for PTO, back to school, or open house meetings. PVFF staff members can present the four-session class program to students, grades 7 – 12 within the Allen, Auglaize and Hardin County area. Contact Michelle at mbreitigan@pvff.org or call 419-549-8530 for more information.

Contact

Contact Us


Donna Dickman- Executive Director

Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I, Director of the Partnership for Violence Free Families in Allen County since 2004. Previously, Dickman worked at the Director of Programming at the Girl Scouts of Appleseed Ridge for eleven years. Dickman is a Community Coordinator/Trainer of the ACT against Violence “Parents Raising Safe Kids” Program and the Ohio Coordinator /Trainer for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Safe Dates Teen Dating Violence Program. Dickman graduated from Lima Technical College with a degree in Human Services.

Laura Ulrick

Social Media & IT Specialist, with a background in web and graphic design, network management, mobile apps and social media management. Focusing on promoting prevention through social media.

Michelle Breitigan

Working in violence prevention since 2012 with a focus on parenting, teen dating violence and suicide prevention. Michelle is certified as a Program Facilitator for both the Safe Dates and ACT Raising Safe Kids Programs.

Lisa Bradley

Worked in various educational settings for more than 16 years. She is currently working to foster strong community relationships within Allen County. She specializes in small school leadership and in programs for pregnant and parenting teens.

Dyesha Darby

A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education specializing in Human Development and Family Studies. Prevention Specialist with years of experience in the field of prevention dating back to her teenage years. She also is a Registered Applicant with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board

Tim Ulrick

A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education specializing in Human Development and Family Studies. Prevention Specialist with years of experience in the field of prevention dating back to her teenage years. She also is a Registered Applicant with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board

Laura Goldsberry

Laura has been working for the past 28 years at the Allen County Juvenile Court as the court reporter. Laura's tasks at PVFF are to assist with bookkeeping duties as well as support prevention needs.

Prevention Services
PVFF Office

Phone: 419-549-8530
Fax: 419-549-8531
309 W High Street
Lima Ohio, 45801

 

Support Groups

Gambling:Keeping What Matters
What can be an enjoyable past time can become an expensice habit subjecting individuals to possible loss of family, homes, assets, and their health. The Group will meet Monday from 6:00pm- 7:00pm at the offices of PVFF, 309 W High Street, Lima Ohio, 45801. There is no registration or cost.

 

 

 

 




Bipolar: Shelter from the Storm
Shelter from the Storm is a support group for individuals with bipolar disorder or depression. It is a completely anonymous group where participants can come and have a safe place to talk about their thoughts and feelings and get support and feedback from other members. It meets Monday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Delphos Public Library, 309 W 2nd St Delphos Ohio First Addition Building.

GRASSP: Grief, Resiliency, and Surviving Suicide's Pain
Many survivors struggle to understand the reasons for their loved one’s suicide, asking themselves: Why? Family and friends may need help coping with their loss and can find support from others who can relate to the pain that they are experiencing. GRASSP meets twice a month: The first Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm – 7:30 pm at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 101 Perry St., Wapakoneta, and the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the offices of PVFF, 309 W High Street, Lima Ohio, 45801. There is no registration or cost.

LGBT: Safe Spaces
Safes Spaces has been designed for people of the LGBTcommunity to meet and talk with others experiencing the same unique social and emotional challenges. Safe Spaces meets from 6:00pm until 8:00pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the offices of PVFF, 309 W High Street, Lima Ohio, 45801. There is no registration or cost.

Grief/Loss: Understanding Loss
This group welcomes anyone who is grieving a loss. Come together to learn and share their feelings, thoughts, questions, challenges and concerns on your loss. The Group will meet weekly,Thursdays 6:00pm, Springview Manor, 883 W. Spring St., Lima . There is no registration or cost.

 

 

 

 

 



Bipolar: Shelter from the Storm- Lima
support group for individuals with bipolar disorder or depression. It is a completely anonymous group where participants can come and have a safe place to talk about their thoughts and feelings and get support and feedback from other members. The group will meet weekly, each Wednesday from 6:00pm- 7:00pm at the offices of PVFF, 309 W High Street, Lima Ohio, 45801. There is no registration or cost.

About

The Partnership for Violence Free Families was created in 2001 through a grant from the Anthem Foundation of Ohio. PVFF began as a coalition made up of individuals representing over 50 organizations in Allen County. In 2010, PVFF obtained non-profit status and additionally serves Hardin and Auglaize Counties.The mission statement for our work is:

“Supporting safe and healthy communities through awareness, education and prevention”  

PVFF provides education, programming, and resource referral to the critical issues of:

* Child Abuse * Bullying * Child Sexual Assault * Teen Dating Violence * Domestic Violence * Prescription Medication Abuse * Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse * Problem Gambling * Mental Illness * Suicide

Partnered with the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of AAH, seven community support groups are open to all and are offered free of cost that address:

* Grief & Loss * Bipolar & Depression * Divorced & Separation * Problem Gambling * Suicide * LGBT Issues * Parenting

PVFF supports evidence-based programs in each of the prevention focus areas of child abuse, teen dating violence, child sexual assault, mental illness and suicide that include:

ACT/Raising Safe Kids
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
Safe Dates
Talking about Touching
Lifelines
Mental Health First Aid