Heart and Shield Family Violence Prevention Program


  • Jill Baker-Tingey University of Nevada, Reno
  • Pamela Powell University of Nevada, Reno
  • Crystal Powell University of Nevada, Reno




domestic violence, healthy relationships, trauma


Children exposed to domestic violence (DV) inadvertently learn behaviors that make them more likely to become victims and/or perpetrators later in life unless they learn skills to address childhood trauma. This article discusses how two rural community needs assessments identified that DV prevention was a high-priority issue, the effects of DV on youth mental and physical health, and the resulting Heart and Shield Family Violence Prevention Program, a Cooperative Extension program designed to strengthen family relationships and break the cycle of violence. Implications for practice include helping youth build healthy relationships, incorporating DV awareness training in staff/volunteer professional development, collaborating with community partners, and advocating for programs that teach positive parent-child interactions.

Author Biographies

Jill Baker-Tingey, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Rank II, Assistant Professor, Elko County Extension Educator

Pamela Powell, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Associate Professor, Rank III, Churchill County Extension Educator

Crystal Powell, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Academic Faculty, Letter of Appointment, Churchill County Heart and Shield Site Coordinator


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