ARISE – Assistance for Rural, Intervention, Strategies, and Empowerment



What is ARISE?
As part of our ARISE program we educate the community about domestic violence awareness. We go to conferences and speaking engagements in the community and discuss about domestic violence, stalking, and internet predators. We also hold a domestic violence meeting every first and third Monday’s of the month at 6:00pm to discuss things dealing with domestic abuse and other related topics. If a person is in an abusive relationship we do have the resources to offer help. The person that is being abused will contact us and we will direct him/her on what they need to do next. As a domestic violence prevention educator, I go into the middle and high schools and this year adding an elementary school in the Holmes County School District to teach the Love Is Not Abuse curriculum.

According to a Bureau of Justice Special Report: “Intimate Partner Violence,” 40 percent of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.

Nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser (2009

· Females ages 16-24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence (U.S Dept. of Justice   Statistics, Special Report: Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim, 1993-99(Oct. 2001, rev. 11/28/01)

· An estimated 1 in 4 teen couples experience abuse in their relationship (U.S Dept. of Justice Statistics, Special Report: Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim, 1993-99(Oct. 2001, rev. 11/28/01)

· 20% of surveyed male students reported witnessing a peer physically hitting a person they are dating (Tiffany J. Zweker, Educ. Policy   Brief, “The Imperative of Developing Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs in Secondary Schools.” 12 Southern CA   Review of Law and Women’s Studies, 131, (2002)