DVIS’ Education Program is focused on community-level prevention programming, which includes larger-level environmental factors to reduce the risk of sexual violence perpetration and victimization. The goal is to ensure the work impacts the entire community whether or not everybody is part of the prevention group or prevention effort.
As a part of our community level work, DVIS started a Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The mission of YAC is to educate the agency (DVIS) and the public about youth and their experiences with sexual and domestic violence.
Members make a difference by:
- Reducing the stigma associated with sexual and domestic violence
- Influencing policy change
- Providing peer support
- Promoting healthy relationships
- Becoming better self-advocates
- Developing leadership skills, critical analysis skills, and community organizing skills
DVIS also provides educational presentations to businesses, community groups, organizations, faith-based communities, and schools to increase awareness of domestic and sexual violence. The various topics discussed may include:
- Sexual & Domestic Violence
- Teen Dating Violence
- Elder Abuse
- Child Abuse & Neglect
- Human Trafficking
- Healthy Relationships
- Equity & Diversity
To request a training, please contact 918-585-3163 and ask to speak with the education coordinator or fill out this form (insert form).
DVIS advocates are available at several higher education institutions including Tulsa Community College and The University of Tulsa. These advocates serves as a form of outreach to connect students, faculty and staff with resources, either at DVIS or in the community, as needed. They are also available for safety planning, crisis needs (i.e. filing police reports, Title IX hearings, etc.) and a one-time counseling session. If ongoing counseling is needed, individuals are connected to our outpatient office.
DVIS Outreach serves survivors of ALL backgrounds. ALL includes People of Color, low-income, LGBTQ2+, Deaf and hard of hearing, people with disabilities, documented and undocumented immigrants, incarcerated individuals and those with limited English proficiency. Services are available in various languages to survivors who may have limited English proficiency. If you speak a different language, our advocates will use a phone interpretation service, which is available in all languages. If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, our advocates will have an ASL interpreter available, either through video or in person.