The Center for Prevention of Abuse’s Prevention Education department provides violence prevention education programming in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties to nearly 35,000 students annually.
CFPA’s team of educators help schools and learning communities create a safe, supportive, and secured learning environment by meeting state-mandated educational programs through age-appropriate, evidence-based, and comprehensive curricula for pre-k-college age.
Educational offerings include child sexual abuse prevention, social and emotional learning, bullying prevention, healthy relationships, general violence prevention and safety. Trainings are available for school administrators, PTOs, parent universities, and community groups.
For programming requests, please email PreventEd@centerforpreventionofabuse.org or submit this online form.
On January 24, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Erin’s Law, which requires all Illinois schools to provide age-appropriate child sexual abuse prevention education for students each year. CFPA’s Prevention Education department assists schools in meeting this state mandate through its classroom-based program, “PreventEd: Sexual Abuse.” This program teaches body safety rules, safe touches versus un-safe touches, types of child abuse, prevention techniques, how to recognize, refuse, and report sexual harassment.
This program is available for preK-12 and is a 30-45 minute classroom presentation.
“PreventEd: Bullying” focuses on social and emotional learning and development int he area of respect and empathy, emotion management, communication, problem solving, peaceful conflict resolution, overall bullying prevention, and bystander intervention.
Programming is available for grades K-8 once weekly for 12 weeks in 45-minute sessions.
Studies show 1 in 3 teens are in, have been, or will be in an abusive relationship by the time they are 18 years old. “PreventEd: Unhealthy Relationships” programming focuses on small group facilitation at the middle or high school levels with programming on communication, emotion management, healthy relationships versus unhealthy relationships, human trafficking prevention (high school only), self-development, self-esteem, self-development, as well as dating abuse, red flags of abusive relationships, safety planning, and defining caring relationships. Additional programming for small groups of girls and boys is focused on self-esteem and self-respect.
Programming is available at the high school level once weekly and ranges between 4-12 weeks in 45-minute sessions.
Each spring, CFPA accepts nominations for its “Outstanding Youth Leader in Violence Prevention” Award to recognize and honor high school students in the Tri-County area who are dedicated to building a safe and peaceful school or community. The award is presented by Verizon and sponsored by CFPA. Nominations are closed for 2019 and will reopen February 2020.
Students who attend any high school in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford County and have received some form of CFPA’s Violence Prevention Education programming during their schooling are eligible to receive the award. Previous programming includes, but is not limited to, Keeping My Body Safe, H.A.R.T.S, social and emotional learning, Bullying Prevention, Teen Dating Violence Prevention, Healthy Relationships, Human Trafficking Prevention. The students must show significant commitment to creating a safe environment at home, school, their place of work, or out in the community.
All victim services are free and confidential.