School-Based Prevention Programs

Family Violence Project Prevention Programs have been developed by our staff, in consultation with Maine teachers, child development specialists, and the Maine Department of Education. The programs are designed to benefit the entire school community, including students, staff, and administrators. All of our programs work toward the same goals, including responsible decision-making, healthy relationships with others, how to help yourself and others, and raising awareness about the effects of domestic violence. Take a look at an overview of our prevention programs and their long term goals:

Program/Grade Children Will: Adolescents and Adults will:
Bear Thoughts
Learn to share Share decisions with a partner
Frog Thoughts
Learn to accept others’ differences as natural Believe in equality without judgment or oppression.
Hands Are Not For Hitting
Kindergarten-Grade 1
Learn to not hurt others with actions or words Understand healthy ways to express anger
The Power of One
Grades 2-3
Learn to understand bullying behaviors Know that we are all accountable for our behaviors
Respectful Connections
Grades 4-6
Learn to communicate respectfully Accept people as they are, without trying to change or control them.
Connecting to Me
Grades 7-8
Learn to have high expectations and self-esteem Seek to give and receive respect in relationships
Healthy Relationships
Grades 9-12
Learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships Differentiate between love and abuse