Programs to Prevent

The Shelter’s staff is working to end family violence so that you, your family, friends and co-workers never have to experience abuse.

Our focus is on primary prevention initiatives – creative programs and services that help you develop the skills to prevent abuse from ever occurring in your life:

  • Community and Professional Training: The Shelter provides community training and continuing education for healthcare, mental health and dentistry professionals, featuring up-to-date courses that meet the standards of each discipline’s regulatory training.
  • Domestic Violence in the Workplace: a program targeting human resource representatives, or their counterparts at smaller companies, to help make them aware of the effects of domestic violence on business and employees. Download our Florida brochure or National brochure to learn more.
  • Domestic Violence Task Force: The Task Force is comprised of staff, attorneys and representatives from area hospitals, local law enforcement agencies, Collier County Public Schools, local community organizations, Florida Gulf Coast University, Legal Aid, David Lawrence Center, Department of Children & Families, among many other agencies to collaborate on a comprehensive plan to prevail over domestic violence in our community.
  • Expect Respect: a school-based program for middle and high school students promoting safe and healthy relationships while encouraging students to share what they learn with friends and family.
  • Gentle’men Against Domestic Violence®: A gathering of like-minded Gentle’men dedicated to supporting the  Raising Gentlemen program and breaking the cycle of abuse.
  • Hands Are for Helping Not for Hitting: an at-play program empowering kindergarten students and teachers to develop non-aggressive ways to deal with emotions
  • Healthy Relationships: teens and adults exploring the components of healthy relationships to ensure their own relationships remain violence-free
  • Raising Gentle’men: helping boys and young men to evolve beyond macho stereotypes to develop self-respect and respect for others and then share what they’ve learned.
  • Youth Advisory Council: a partner with The Shelter, the YAC is made up of teens from across Collier County working to change the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of teens, reducing teen dating violence in our community. FULL BROCHURE

For more information, please call 239.775.3862; TTY 239.775.4265.