Community Awareness

Community Awareness and education is a cornerstone of Dawn Center's mission and advocacy. We believe that it is imperative to increase public awareness about the community impact of domestic and sexual violence in our community. It is an epidemic that affects us all considering nationally one in four women and one in seven men will be victimized in his/her lifetime. 


Dawn Center engages in a variety of activities that are aimed at raising awareness, providing community education, and informing the public about the services and resources available to survivors who need help.

Ongoing awareness efforts include special events, outreach to community partners, presentations and training, resource tables, and making awareness materials available to the community. 


Our staff is available for presentations to community groups, business owners, church groups, schools, youth groups, non profits, government offices, civic organizations and many more. To schedule a speaker for your next event please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator at 352-592-1288.

Printed materials and digital copies of brochures and awareness materials are available by request. Please contact our Outreach office for details 352-592-1288.

Primary Prevention (Before the violence starts)

The following video uses adult language and has adult content.

    The best way to help victims of tomorrow is to promote healthy relationships today. Dawn Center provides Primary Prevention Education in schools, church groups, library workshops, community engagement activities, other community venues. Our trained staff shares evidence-based programming with the youth, teaching them a variety of concepts and planting the seeds for their future.


Topics include:

Challenging social norms of gender roles

Setting healthy boundaries in relationships

Communicating boundaries to others

Defining healthy relationship characteristics

Defining personal goals and self worth

How to help others in abusive relationships

How to get help if they are in an unhealthy relationship

Defining "consent"

Bystander intervention


This collaborative project with Dawn Center and the Nature Coast Technical School Film Production Program helped to create the 6 PSA's regarding Consent, Bystander Intervention, and The Mask You Live In.

                                                                                       The winner is -Stamp of Approval (Shown Here)


Click here to see all 6 of the videos.

Contact the Prevention Advocate to set up a workshop 352-592-1288

Dawn Center is proud to be a Community Partner with: 

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"Dawn Center of Hernando County has been an equal opportunity services provider since 1986. Dawn Center victim services are free of charge. In accordance with federal law, this agency is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, gender, color, age, sex, gender identity, national origin, religion, political beliefs, disability , veteran’s or marital status or any other category protected by law. Interpreter services will be provided for the deaf or hard of hearing, and persons with limited English proficiency free of cost. Accommodations at special events will be made available to persons living with disabilities if requested 5 days prior to the event."

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