SERV's education and prevention programs serves as a community resource for spreading awareness of the severity and nuances of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking. SERV offers individual presentations regarding Healthy Relationships, Sexual Harassment, Dating Violence, overviews of Domestic and Sexual Violence, identifying victims and human trafficking, and screenings of documentaries that further explore gender stereotypes and interpersonal violence. SERV will cater presentations to audiences ranging from adolescents to adults. To request a presentation, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.
For more information on some of the films recently screened by SERV, follow the links below:
You can also get involved with spreading awareness about violence in your community by joining a local Violence Prevention Coalition or attending one of our events.
SERV's Media Literacy component is a prevention effort, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Sexual Assault Abuse and Rape Care Program, that aims to help schools and other organizations in Camden, Cumberland, and Gloucester Counties promote equity and prevent violence. Through the development of media literacy skills, participants learn the connection between media messages, gender inequity, and the occurrence of violence. Participants are also provided with opportunities to help spread the program’s lessons to peers, family, and community members.
SERV is committed to facilitating positive change in attitudes and beliefs amongst students regarding sexual and domestic violence and is dedicated toward preventing interpersonal violence amongst teens and adults in general. Research has shown that people exposed to uncensored, sexualized media without sufficient ability to judge and question their messages may develop high-risk norms regarding domestic and sexual violence. Today, the definition of what it means to be a man or woman is increasingly influenced by mass media. Youth in particular need to develop critical thinking skills to navigate the negative dimensions of popular culture, in particular the impact of violence in the media, rigid gender stereotyping and the sexualization of children. The Media Literacy curriculum’s objectives help students explore:
- How media messages reinforce or challenge the social norms that affect our attitudes and behaviors towards one another.
- The diverse methods utilized by the media to get the “target” to believe their message and/or take action accordingly.
- How to deconstruct media messages to uncover hidden subtexts.
- How to reconstruct media messages that reflect the positive aspects of self-esteem and healthy relationships.
The curriculum is flexible and can be customized for the appropriate developmental level. The lessons can be easily adapted if educators wish to explore specific concepts in greater depth or tie them into the school’s health, humanities, business or social studies courses. Center For Family Services’ SERV program encourages educators to continually explore music, television and print, as well as the many other outlets in our media culture in order to keep examples current and relevant for students.
SERV promotes Bystander Intervention as a preventative skill. Bystander Intervention is the concept that third parties who witness gender-based-violence can prevent escalation by intervening. Bystander Intervention also conveys the idea that individuals, regardless of age, have the ability to reject gender-based-stereotypes thus reducing the potential of misinformation manifesting into violent behaviors specific to gender.
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