Close to Home’s mission is to foster community-wide responsibility to prevent and respond to domestic and sexual violence. We achieve this by working with local community members, policy makers, service providers, and other leaders in the domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention field to
- Implement community mobilization strategies in local communities;
- Build and share knowledge with a community of practitioners; and
- Ensure broad adoption of policies and practices that support local community members in taking a leadership role to address domestic and sexual violence.
Close to Home is working towards the day when domestic and sexual violence are priority public issues addressed in communities everywhere. All community members are playing a role and taking both personal responsibility and collective action to address the root causes. Working together, communities have transformed the silence, shame, isolation, and fear currently surrounding domestic and sexual violence with conversation, understanding, hope, connection, and action.
Community mobilization is an essential component of effective domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention practice in the United States and globally. It is continuously improved through research and supported through public policy. Close to Home serves as a pioneer and leader in this process.