The WIC program targets
low-income pregnant women, women who breast-feed, and their children under
age five. The goal of WIC is to address areas of positive pregnancy outcomes
and child development that may be impacted by poor health and inadequate
nutrition. Because the many serious impacts of domestic violence can lead
to poor nutrition in children and pregnant women, the WIC program is committed
to identifying their clients in need of assistance.
A Competency-Based Training Manual for WIC and Other Nutrition Staff was developed specifically for human services professionals in the field
of nutrition and health. In addition to chapters on the dynamics of domestic
violence, overcoming rural barriers, and utilizing community resources,
it contains information specific to the problems and nutritional needs
of pregnant women and young children. The heart of the manual teaches
professionals how to spot victims, how to broach the subject of abuse,
and how to refer them to needed services.
The WIC Training Pilot
Program was initiated in 1999 and trained over 100 WIC staff in northern
Florida. Based on the tremendous success of the pilot project, WIC staff
have been targeted for training nationwide.
on Wheels Volunteers & Other Elder Services Staff
Animal Abuse Investigators
Mental Health Center Staff