Calibay Stop The Violence Initiative
Make the decision to identify and raise consciousness of violence in all its forms. Challenge the societal norm that violence is a normal part of life to help people own both the problem and the solutions, shifting the focus of action from the streets to the home and community. Influence people to choose specific actions and behaviors that work and are positive, healthy and peaceful. Encourage individuals to reduce violence, create a culture of peace, hope and trust by living this way to teach by example. We strive to be a source of education and information on violence prevention is the Calibay Stop Initiative for violence free families and communities. The Stop initiative has volunteers working in many areas from workplace violence, to gun violence, to faith communities working on violence prevention.
It’s easy to say you’re against violence. But actively working to make the peace in your community is a little more difficult. It means you understand what violence is. And you know it when you see it. One thing is to be informed, find out what is out there, get involved. A first step would be to educate yourselves. If you live in the Calibay Area neighborhoods, Stop is working in your community. For more information, call 1-213-884-3382 or go here at the Calibay.com website. Get educated, get informed, get involved!
Safety Tips for Children
As soon as a child is old enough to articulate a sentence, he or she can begin the process of learning how to protect themselves against abduction and exploitation. Children should be taught the following safety measures and tips.
Who I Am & Where I Live
Teach children about who they are including their full name, birthdate, complete address, phone number (including area code), and their parents’ full names.
What I Do If I Can’t Find My Parents
If you are in a public place and you get separated from your parents, don’t wander around looking for them. Go to a checkout counter, the security office, or the lost and found. Tell the person in charge that you have lost your mom and dad and need help in finding them.
Always check with your parents, teacher, or baby-sitter before getting into a car or going anywhere with any person. Check first before going into a neighbor’s house. Check first before going anywhere. Your parents need to know where you are.
Use the Buddy System
It’s more fun and there is safety in numbers. You should not be wandering around the neighborhood after dark or alone.
If someone follows you on foot or in a car, stay away from him or her. You shouldn’t go near the car to talk to the people inside.
Don’t Assist Adults
No one should be asking you for directions or to look for a lost puppy or to ask for assistance. Adults should ask adults, not children.
Run, Scream, Get Away
If someone tries to take you away, your best defenses are your legs and your voice. Yell “This person is trying to take me!” or “This is not my father (or mother)!” Try to run and scream before they get too close. Call 9-1-1 from any phone. It’s a free call, you don’t need money.
Never hitch or try to get a ride home with anyone unless you have checked and your parents have told you it’s OK to ride with that person.
Don’t Keep Secrets
Don’t keep secrets that make you feel uncomfortable. No one should ask you to keep a special secret. Tell an adult that you trust.
Your Body Is Special & Private
No one should touch you in ways or places that make you scared or uncomfortable, nor should you touch anyone else in those areas.
Know That You Are Special
If you have a problem, any kind of a problem, you can talk to your parents, a teacher, a counselor, your principal, a police officer or a friend of the family.
You Can Call 9-1-1
If you have an emergency, or in a situation where you feel you are in danger, call 9-1-1. You will get help.
Checklist for Violence Prevention
Do my family and I…
- Understand the dangers of weapons, especially firearms, and how to prevent accidents?
- Talk about the costs—personal and financial—of violence?
- Think carefully about the kinds of entertainment we watch and hear?
- Know and practice ways to settle disputes without violence?
- Understand and practice basic self-protection strategies?
Do my neighbors and I…
- Know each other reasonably well?
- Work together to make our neighborhoods safe for children?
- Agree on how and when to step in to prevent childrens’ quarrels from becoming violent?
- Discuss how we feel about weapons, including firearms, and what rules and standards we agree on?
- Help each other by joining and taking an active role in Block Clubs and Neighborhood Watch?
- Know that there are positive ways for our children to spend their time and energy after school?
- Identify, discuss, and solve (or get help to solve) troubling conditions in our area?
- Work with police, school officials, civic groups, and others to address larger issues for the community?
Does my community…
- Have and enforce laws and regulations for secure weapons storage and against weapons violence?
- Provide safe ways for residents to dispose of unwanted weapons?
- Actively provide resources and know-how to help residents learn how to solve problems without violence?
- Provide mentoring and other outreach services to troubled youth and families?
- Enlist young people in addressing violence problems?
- Coordinate community groups to develop comprehensive anti-violence strategies and plans?
- Offer an attractive array of both family-oriented and youth-focused events?
- Have clear standards that reject violence as a presence in the community?
Keep ya’ Hood Safe
All Neighborhood Watches share one foundational idea: that bringing community members together to reestablish control of their neighborhoods promotes an increased quality of life and reduces the crime rate in that area. Our nation is built on the strength of our citizens. Every day, we encounter situations calling upon us to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Not only does neighborhood watch allow citizens to help in the fight against crime, it is also an opportunity for communities to bond through service. Forming a Neighborhood Watch group on your block is the first step to making and keeping your neighborhood safe. The Neighborhood Watch Program draws upon the compassion of average citizens, asking them to lend their neighbors a hand!