How advocates are building capacity for prevention:
Community-Level Indicators: Advancements in Evaluating Sexual, Domestic, and Other Forms of Violence Prevention: Community level indicators look beyond individual behavior changes to describe changes within the community environment that have the potential to shape outcomes for the population as a whole. This evaluation method falls in line with movement in the field to consider and influence factors at the community and societal levels of the social-ecological model.
Creating a sexual violence prevention movement in Minnesota: The Sexual Violence Prevention Program at the Minnesota Department of Health implements high-impact prevention strategies through its coordination of two statewide networks. The program also lends its knowledge and expertise to policy conversations.
Toward social change: Building capacity for prevention into state coalition work in Missouri: The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence works to build the prevention and social change capacity of new leaders in the Missouri movement to end domestic and sexual violence through its Executive Directors Academy.
Capacity building for community-level prevention: Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault: The Kansas City-based Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault shows how an organization can broaden its focus from more traditional activities like counseling, a crisis line, advocacy, and education to include community-level prevention work.
How advocates are advancing health equity through a cultural lens:
Prevention Through Liberation: Dismantling oppression and promoting sexual and relational health in Oregon: The Oregon Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence works with communities to cultivate anti-oppressive practices that support violence prevention through their “Prevention Through Liberation” framework.
Community ownership and relationship building with multicultural communities: How Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault (MESA) supports holistic prevention in Indiana: In its efforts to include those who have been historically excluded in the state of Indiana, MESA aligns cultural traditions and practices for sexual violence prevention.
Gathering strength: A journey in centering the margins in the movement to prevent and end sexual domestic violence: Beckie Masaki shares her journey and how she goes about sharing power and elevating opportunities for communities disproportionately impacted by violence.
A commitment to health equity internally and externally: Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV): Health equity is a constant consideration for RICADV both internally and externally, from thinking about its hiring or internal staff meetings, to being deliberate about how the coalition distributes funds and what the coalition supports in its prevention work.
Project DOT: A New York City youth-driven, dual generational effort to re-envision social norms and promote healthy relationships: Project DOT works to identify and shift harmful norms that exist within the community to ones that support healthy relationships through youth leadership workshops, peer engagement radio shows, and conversations between youth and significant adults in their lives.
How advocates are promoting gender equity:
Working towards gender equity by supporting healthy masculinities in campus and community settings: Setonians Advocating for Gender Equity at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has designed gender equity curricula that can be used in university classes across various disciplines. In the broader community, Blackburn Center’s Fearless Advocacy for Men’s Engagement is mobilizing men to take action for sexual and domestic violence prevention.
Changing Party Environments for Sexual Violence Prevention: Men as Peacemakers, Duluth, MN: Through the BEST (Be Equal Safe and Trustworthy) Parties initiative, the community-based group Men As Peacemakers collaborates with college students to shape party environments that promote gender equity and create a culture that supports non-violence.
Breaking Gender Stereotypes: How Promundo is working to shift harmful gender norms globally: Promundo is an international leader in promoting gender justice and anti-violence through research, programs, and advocacy. The organization engages men and boys in partnership with all genders to transform harmful gender norms and unequal power dynamics as part of their goal of achieving gender equality.
How advocates are addressing access to alcohol and alcohol environments:
Alcohol Justice as violence prevention: Alcohol Justice is a national advocacy agency that organizes with community groups to pass laws that regulate the production, distribution, and sale of alcohol in order to keep communities healthy and safe. They highlight the links between alcohol consumption and domestic violence
Changing alcohol environments to prevent sexual and domestic violence: The Arizona Safer Bars Alliance works to reduce sexual aggression in bar settings. Using research that maps locations where reported rapes and other types of violent incidents overlap with businesses that have liquor licenses, the alliance works with those businesses to create safer spaces.
How advocates are improving school environments:
Fostering school environments that prevent teen dating violence and sexual harassment: Comprehensive prevention in California: The California Department of Public Health’s Rape and Education Program and Safequest Solano share how they are going about implementing Shifting Boundaries, a comprehensive evidence-informed program focused on preventing teen dating violence and sexual assault in school environments.
Hotspot mapping: How Colorado is working to improve school climate to prevent violence: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has adopted hotspot mapping to pinpoint where students feel safe or unsafe in their school community and identify environmental and policy-change solutions to improve school climate and safety.
Participatory Action in Schools: Incorporating Sexual Violence Prevention into English Classes in Findlay, Ohio: An English class in Findlay, Ohio has implemented a sexual violence prevention curriculum comprised of mini-lessons that incorporate arts-based approaches and participatory action amongst students.
How advocates are promoting family and community economic security:
Wage equity and other worker supports in Ohio: How one coalition is getting started on a new domestic violence prevention strategy: The Ohio Domestic Violence Network pas partners with Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network to collaboratively advance economic security in the state. These two networks and their partners are building an understanding of and advocating for wage equity and other worker supports.
Eliminating the Gender Wage Gap in Alaska: The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA): ANDVSA and Sexual Assault and YWCA of Alaska are partnering to close the gender wage gap and improve economic supports for women and families, as a sexual and domestic violence prevention strategy.