Preventing family violence through storytelling



Domestic violence prevention project that uses multimedia tools to engage men in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood to tell the truth about how family violence has affected them and their neighborhood.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Research reveals that between one fourth and one half of women experience at least one type of abuse or violence in their lifetime. In a survey of Dorchester civic associations, 40% of respondents said they knew a DV victim. 70% said they believed DV could be prevented if family and friends had more information about how to respond. With 92,115 residents, Dorchester is the largest neighborhood in Boston. A majority of the families in Dorchester are low to middle income.

How will this project solve this problem?

Close to Home plans to implement a Digital Storytelling workshop-creating short videos using text, voice-over, pictures, and music-with men in Dorchester. Participants use this multimedia tool to tell their story about domestic violence

Potential Long Term Impact

The digital stories created will be shared across the community at civic meetings, neighborhood events, and on cable television. These stories will generate dialogue that will help change social norms and prevent domestic violence.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Close to Home Domestic Violence Prevention

Dorchester, MA, United States

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