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“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”  
-Margaret J. Wheatley

Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) is a project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, intended to prevent first time perpetration and first time victimization of Intimate Partner Violence.

Purpose of the Program
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant public health problem in the United States. Research indicates that IPV exists on a continuum from episodic violence—a single or occasional occurrence—to battering (Johnson, 1995). Battering is more frequent and intensive and involves one partner who develops and maintains control over the other. See our web site for additional information about the magnitude and consequences of IPV.

All forms of IPV, from episodic violence to battering, are preventable. The key to prevention is focusing on first-time perpetration and first-time victimization. Knowledge about the factors that prevent IPV is lacking. CDC is working to better understand the developmental pathways and social circumstances that lead to this type of violence. In addition, the agency is helping organizations evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs to reduce both victimization and perpetration.

The Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (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.

For more information on the National DELTA Project, contact us below, or go here:

Email Elizabeth Fuerte at or call : 401.846.5263