Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) is a program of the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). The DELTA program seeks to reduce the incidence (i.e., number of new cases) of IPV in funded communities. The program addresses the entire continuum of IPV from episodic violence to battering through a variety of activities.
Fourteen state domestic violence coalitions receive DELTA Program funds work to build IPV prevention capacity within their organization, state, and local communities. Specifically, each coalition has recruited a diverse group of people from within their state to develop an IPV Prevention Plan. This 5- to 8-year plan will focus on the strategies needed to prevent IPV and build the infrastructure required to support the activities.
Each state domestic violence coalition is also working to integrate primary prevention principles into their operating structures and processes, develop primary prevention resources, and deliver primary prevention training and technical assistance to various partners throughout their state.
At the local level, state domestic violence coalitions are supporting local CCRs in the development of an IPV Prevention Plan and a Progress Report. The purpose of the local IPV Prevention Plan is the same as the state plan, to focus on prevention strategies and needed infrastructure. The Progress Report is an opportunity for local CCRs receiving four years of DELTA funding to report the evaluation results of their prevention strategies.
By focusing on multiple levels within each state, CDC is supporting comprehensive efforts to prevent IPV. Many believe that IPV is a community problem requiring a community solution.
For more information about DELTA, listen to our PreventConnect podcast interview with Casey Keene, the manager of VAWnet, where she discusses the new VAWnet Special Collection: Models in Prevention–CDC’s DELTA Program