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Outreach & Prevention Education

The Family Sunshine Center (FSC) has provided Outreach and Prevention Services for many years as part of its mission to end the cycle of abuse. To help accomplish this mission, the FSC employs an outreach supervisor, two prevention educators and a public relations specialist.  This team works hard to reach communities in each of the FSC service areas (Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery counties) with information about FSC services, family violence, child abuse, elder abuse, safe dates and dating violence, healthy relationships, anger management, bullying, personal safety and other issues.

The facts about domestic violence and its impact on families are startling.  Since one in four families is touched by domestic violence and one in three young women is a victim of dating violence, you can bet that you know someone who has been touched by the problem—a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker, a family member.  It is important for each of us to have at least enough information about the problem and its consequences to know when, how and where to refer someone for services.  That is why the Outreach and Prevention Department targets not only the general public, but also specialized groups that have a higher-than-average chance to encounter the problem in the work that they do.  For instance, in the past, the Outreach and Prevention Department has targeted members of the clergy, the medical community such as emergency room personnel, obstetricians, gynecologists and pediatricians, human resource directors, Department of Human Resource workers and others.

The most important information we share about domestic violence is that victims should understand the abuse is not their fault, domestic violence is a crime and help is available by calling the Family Sunshine Center’s crisis line at 1.800.650.6522.

The Outreach Program provides information to the public about problems related to family violence and sexual assault and the resources that are available to help families during a time of crisis.

Outreach staff and/or volunteers are available to attend health fairs, career fairs, and other venues. A variety of handout materials on Family Sunshine Center services, family violence, dating violence, bullying, parenting, child abuse, abusive head trauma, elder abuse and other topics is available. 

The Outreach Program also holds monthly in-service meetings for the FSC staff. These meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. If your agency would like to provide an in-service to Family Sunshine Center staff, please feel free to call 334.206.2122 or email us.

The Prevention Education Program offers presentations that teach students, parents, educators, churches, civic groups, businesses and professional organizations how to recognize and prevent violence as well as ways to be of assistance to family violence victims and their families.

Presentation topics include:

  • Family Sunshine Center Services
  • The Dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
  • Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Dating Violence
  • Bullying Prevention*
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Domestic Violence in the Workplace
  • Personal Safety**
  • Safe Dates***
  • Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Expect Respect****
  • Red Flag Campaign*****
  • Suicide Prevention******


* The prevention educators use the Bully Proof Kit and Wise Own Bully Stopper kit. These are evidence based curricula. 

** The prevention educators use the Think First and Stay Safe curriculum to teach students how to avoid becoming a victim of child abuse. Children learn about child predators and the lures they use, how to keep their bodies safe, that all secrets can be told, and who their trusted adults are. 

*** The prevention educators use the Safe Dates curriculum as endorsed by the Alabama Coalition Against Rape.

**** Expect Respect is a student leadership program used in middle schools and high schools. Students go through an 8 week leadership program to learn about healthy relationships and leadership skills. Students plan and implement prevention programs in their schools and communities. 

***** Red Flag Campaign is used on college and secondary education campuses to teach bystander intervention for unhealthy relationships. 

****** If you are interested in a suicide prevention training please contact Jennifer Hartley at 334-206-2130.

If you are interested in any of these services or would like more information, please call 334.206.2122 or email your information and needs.

PO Box 5160, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5160      334.206.2100