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Low-income housing workers tackle adult bullying in their facilities

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Teen bullying has been a major topic as of late. The issue has sparked a lot of conversation about what can be done to prevent bullying from happening online and in our schools. Most people wouldn't think to look at bullying amongst adults, but according to service coordinators with Madison's Community Development Authority, it happens.

"There was a lot of bullying happening here. It's not just something that happens with kids. It happens with adults as well," service coordinator Callie Reyes says.

Coordinators with the CDA-Triangle housing facility decided to start an 8-part program called "Speak Your Peace."  The program was created by behavioral experts at the University of Minnesota-Duluth who noticed that adult bullying was becoming more common. Coordinators with CDA decided it was the perfect way to combat bullying amongst their 330 residents.

"We have residents who are in their 80's and are still dealing with the affects of bullying. We also have 80-year-old bullies too. You know, it's not specific to an age," service coordinator Kaitlyn Kuemmerlein says.

On Wednesday, coordinators held part four of their eight part program. Every month or so they invite residents to participate in an organized activity that teaches them how to mediate conflicts. The overall goal of the program is to give residents the tools they need to prevent bullying in their community.

"It's a good thing to be mindful of anywhere you live and anywhere you work. We just want to show the best respect we can to other people," Reyes says.

Coordinators say the program is so successful that they're already thinking about bringing it back next year. They would like to expand the program in order to make it more engaging for residents.

For more information about the "Speak Your Peace" program, visit http://www.dsaspeakyourpeace.org/

For more information on Adult Bullying visit these informative websites:

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/adult-bullying.html

http://www.mentalhealthsupport.co.uk/AdultBullying.html

https://www.achievesolutions.net/achievesolutions/en/Content.do?contentId=10627






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