Purpose

The Bingham Program has been working to change the cultural acceptance of violence against women and children since 2006 using the Spectrum of Prevention as our framework because it helps people move beyond the perception that prevention is just education . The Spectrum works on all levels from strengthening individual skills to changing policy and laws.  The following illustrate examples of projects funded at each level.

Strengthening individual knowledge & skills

  • Backbone Zone website and Facebook page developed and launched for supporting bystanders’ intervention is still going strong after 4 years with 3010 Facebook likes.
  • All new parents since 2012 are asked to demonstrate familiarity with “The Period of Purple Crying” — a 10 minute video with accompanying educational materials to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome — before leaving the hospital with their new baby. 
  • 150 attorneys, social workers, batters intervention staff and licensed counseling professionals participated in domestic violence training for guardians ad litem and a replicable curriculum was developed and tested.
  • You The Man: theater as bystander education in dating violence longitudinal high school study published in 2016 in the Journal of Arts and Health, an international journal for research, policy and practice.

Promoting community education

  • Training video using Maine survivors produced for explaining the Power and Control Wheel
  • Talking circles formed for Native Americans to help heal after the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • Men engaged in preventing domestic violence the New Mainer community
  • Backbone Zone website and Facebook page for supporting bystanders’ intervention still going strong

Educating providers

  • Major Medical Breakthrough, a two person play on why and how to ask patients for sexual trauma, was presented in Maine, New England and in Baltimore and at APHA to medical students, interns, nurses and physicians. There are now 11 short videos on YouTube for providers that are part of UNE coursework on domestic violence.   

Fostering coalitions & networks

  • Statewide network of individuals, providers, school and community groups, raising awareness of ACEs and implementing trauma informed practices.  
  • Federal award of $664,000 over three years for communications to increase awareness of early brain development, parent support, staff support for the Maine Children’s Growth Council.

Changing organizational practices

  • The results of research resulted in the passage of LD 1238 “An Act to Improve Professional Training for Licensed Mental Health Clinicians” in 2013.
  • Greater understanding of ACEs in and among community agencies and coalitions, medical providers, educational, health and human services and juvenile justice settings.  This understanding has led to data gathering and policy development including the ACEs questions in the State’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the tribes’ first Comprehensive Native Community Health Assessment, Grand Rounds with ACEs co-investigator Dr. Robert Anda sponsored by the departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Maine Medical Center, and it is helping advance the notion of restorative justice in the juvenile justice community.

Influencing policy & legislation

  • The results of research resulted in the passage of LD 1238 “An Act to Improve Professional Training for Licensed Mental Health Clinicians” in 2013.
  • LD1627, “An Act to Protect Families and Enhance Public Safety by Making Domestic Violence a Crime.”  Passed and signed into law, July 25, 2007.

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