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.
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
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.