Prevention & Education Program
We can end violence. The Prevention and Education Program (PEP) teaches healthy relationship skills and sexual violence prevention to students, educators and parents. PEP provides training in trauma-informed support for professionals, best practice for businesses and facilitates relevant workshops for your everyday life. PEP also provides training and screening tools to law enforcement, health care providers, social service agencies and other responders and systems.
WISE educators are trained facilitators in many of the recognized and emerging prevention curricula– for example: Care for Kids child sexual assault prevention for young children, Safe-T for middle school youth, Mentors in Violence Prevention for sports teams and groups, WholeSomeBodies on healthy sexuality for adult role models, and Cut It Out for salons. All of our programs are developed with this background in mind, and tailored to fit the unique needs of our Upper Valley Community.
It is important that WISE materials are available throughout the community for victims and survivors to access in safe ways and for everyone to learn more about ending violence. Call or email and request materials for your business or organization.
Figuring out relationships can be tricky. You deserve to know what healthy, safe and respectful relationships look like. With information and resources, you can evaluate your relationships, understand consent and warning signs, and learn how to provide support to friends.
WISE advocates are available to support you every hour, every day. Call our crisis line for immediate support. Please keep in mind that our advocates are mandated reporters and are required by law to report suspected child abuse or neglect. To maintain anonymity, consider leaving out details like your age.
What are the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship?
Know your boundaries
If you are thinking about sex…
How can I increase my safety?
As parents, grandparents, and people who interact with young people, you play a huge role in setting the values and social norms for your kids and their friends. From the profound moments of parenthood to everyday conversations, you have opportunities to raise young people free from violence. You can counter the harmful messages they receive with positive skills and strengths to create a value system and environment to end gender-based violence. Together, we can create a more peaceful place.
“As a parent of five children, ages 10-21, I can’t emphasis enough how much I appreciate the educational opportunities that WISE provides our community. I’ve attended many WISE events, including Parent’s Night, and I always walk away learning something new. The staff are warm and approachable in their delivery of research-based information regarding the sexual and emotional development and health of our youth. It’s nice to have a place to listen, ask questions, and walk away with skills on how to address what can be challenging topics with our kids. Community forums allow all of us to participate in a way that keeps all of our children safe, in a proactive way, hopefully preventing incidents before they occur, definitely making us aware of what to be on the lookout for and how to help our children in a gentle and respectful manner.” – Ann DiLalla, Hanover Parent
For over 20 years, WISE has been working with students and schools to prevent violence before it impacts young lives. Our goal is to permeate students, educators, and the community with skills for healthy and fulfilling relationships. WISE’s K-12 program content is drawn from nationally-recognized violence prevention curricula, tailored to meet the specific needs and climate of individual schools, and stays relevant through our participation in national, state and regional professional work. We work with schools to expand the environmental support for students with programming in PE, Health, Guidance, English, Social Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences, History, and more. Contact the Prevention and Education Program to learn more about how we can integrate these life lessons into your curriculum. All WISE educators are certified crisis advocates in Vermont and New Hampshire and are able to provide on-site support. We are also mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect.
If I have never been a victim and I have never hurt anyone, why does it matter to me?
WISE believes that it is the community’s responsibility to end domestic and sexual violence. You are invited to events that WISE hosts throughout our community. There are three annual training sessions to become a WISE crisis line volunteer. WISE can develop training for your group to learn more about how to end domestic and sexual violence. We facilitate training relevant to specific groups and professions.
Recognize, Respond, Refer
Everyone can do something to end domestic and sexual violence by learning simple interventions.
Recognize the warning signs of violence, abuse and power and control
Respond to victims or situations in ways that are empathic and safe
Refer victims to sources of support like WISE (866-348-WISE)
WISE can facilitate building strategies for individuals and groups, and help gain an understanding about equality in relationships.
Law enforcement and prosecutors
Welcome to WISE Words!
In our mission to end gender-based violence, we created an educational awareness campaign to further prevention messages and strategies to Upper Valley youth and the adults in their lives. We work in nine Upper Valley school districts to provide a strong classroom curriculum using the best practices and emerging research for violence prevention. The radio segments mirror our high school curriculum to reinforce classroom messages and give adults access to information that promotes conversation.
The goal of our Youth Prevention Program is to prevent gender-based violence, bolster protective factors, and increase prevention techniques across the community. Our strategies reflect the Socioecological Model: connecting the individual, relationship, community and societal factors that influence real and lasting change. WISE Words segments aim to inspire listeners to realize connections in their own lives and our greater culture. Together we can foster communities that are safe, happy and fulfilling.
M-F 7:20am & 5:30pm
The River (93.9)
M-F 7:25am & 5:10pm
99 Rock (99.3)
T-F 7:55 am
We hope you will find our segments engaging, relevant and thought-provoking. As always, we appreciate your feedback and suggestions. If you have comments or ideas for future WISE Words please send us an email!
Intro to WISE Words – we all deserve to be safe: Jacob, Windsor High School, 2016
To learn more, we invite you to listen to all our :60 radio segments shared below:
What is Rape Culture?
Rape culture is a term that introduces the concept that society creates an environment that normalizes violence against populations that do not have power. Domestic and sexual violence are crimes that most often target women as a way to create a cultural imbalance of power.
Some individuals use violence, but they do not live in a vacuum. We live in a society that values some people over other people, defines power as control over others, and demonstrates violence as a means towards building power. Most of us get these messages in our lives and most of us get messages that challenge us to be kind, compassionate and equitable. Most of us chose not to be abusive.
Many of us can also think back to situations when we knew someone was doing something that felt uncomfortable. We often justify or rationalize the behavior to fit within the parameters of what seems normal. During one college training, a participant mentioned that people know who the “creepy” guys are and share information. A different participant was surprised and asked his former fraternity brothers if anyone knew who the “creepy” guy was. At first, all said no. Later, all were able to identify people who may be the “creepy” guy. Sometimes we do not have a chance to think about inappropriate and abusive behavior, even though we understand acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
One analogy is that abusive people are like a missing stair. We go out of our ways to avoid them and we accommodate people who we know might be dangerous. But too rarely, we stop and fix the problem.
A high school class asked WISE to present harmful media messages. Students desperately wanted to talk about songs that glorify violence against women (i. e., Eminem, Blurred Lines, Maroon5 Animal, and SO MANY OTHERS). How often do we hum along to men singing about burning their girlfriends to death without thinking about what that means?
These subtle messages, the things that are messed up when we stop to think, the inconsistencies and imbalances of power are all examples of Rape Culture. It is the camouflage that covers abusive behaviors and allows abusers to get away with it for so long. It is what distracts us with “why does she stay/wear that/go there” rather than focusing on the person and culture that is causing harm.
We have to start asking better questions. Rather than asking “why doesn’t she just leave,” we should ask, “why does he abuse her” and “why does society drive the getaway car.”