November 2018

Integrating Community Level IPV Prevention Into CHAs CHIPs

Prevention Institute participated in the California IPV and Health Policy Leadership Cohort and explored policy and practice changes to move upstream and address community-level factors...

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Community ownership and relationship building with multicultural communities: How Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault (MESA) supports holistic prevention in Indiana

Founded in 2008, Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault (MESA) is a statewide program focused on preventing sexual violence in traditionally marginalized communities in Indiana, including, Asian/Pacific Islander, immigrant, farmworker, Latino/Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native American, Indigenous, and people with disabilities. With the goal of establishing healthier relationships, families and communities, MESA organizes, engages, and mobilizes in culturally-informed ways.


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Community-Level Indicators: Advancements in Evaluating Sexual, Domestic and Other Forms of Violence Prevention

In this profile, Dr. Theresa Armstead behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)and Wendi L. Siebold, President and Senior Research Associate at Strategic Prevention Solutions share their expertise and experience in evaluating violence prevention at a community-level. 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 violence prevention field to consider and influence factors at the community and societal levels of the social-ecological model. It also aligns with the field’s interest in addressing factors across many forms of violence, marked in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s strategic direction toward connecting the dots between sexual, domestic and other forms of violence.

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Prevention Through Liberation: Dismantling oppression and promoting sexual and relational health in Oregon

The Oregon Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence has spent time identifying how oppression against and within communities of color and other marginalized communities contributes to sexual and domestic violence. Further, they are exploring how to cultivate anti-oppressive practices that promote violence prevention. The coalition has developed a framework and project called “Prevention through Liberation” and is funding communities such as Proyecto UNICA to advance the work.

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Participatory Action in Schools: Incorporating Sexual Violence Prevention into English Classes in Findlay, Ohio

The 2014-2015 school year marked the beginning of a partnership between Victoria Dickman-Burnett, a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati and Maribeth Geaman, an Advanced Placement and college-prep English teacher at Findlay High School. Their partnership started with the development and delivery of mini lessons on sexual violence prevention, and has since turned into a full curriculum being implemented in Maribeth’s English classroom. They are using arts-based approaches and encouraging participatory action among students to take on sexual violence to make it a school prevention issue.

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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 as part of its strategic plan to prevent sexual violence and related safety and health issues. The process brings school communities together to physically map safe and unsafe spaces, while building trusting relationships and empowering youth to be part of developing solutions. Twelve schools in Colorado are piloting this initiative to improving school climate and prevent multiple forms of violence, including sexual and teen dating violence.

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Changing alcohol environments to prevent sexual and domestic violence

Elise Lopez, Assistant Director of the Relationship Violence Program at the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona, focuses her research on environmentaland policy-level prevention of sexual assault. Working with the Arizona Safer Bars Alliance, one of her areas of expertise relates to reducing sexual aggression in bar settings across Arizona by bridging the links between alcohol and sexual and domestic violence.

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Working towards gender equity by supporting healthy masculinities in campus and community settings

Dr. David von Schlichten is the coordinator of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Seton Hill University, the faculty advisor of the Feminist Collective on campus, and serves on the Board of Blackburn Center, a local agency against domestic and sexual violence in Greensburg, PA. According to David, the racial homogeneity (Greensburg, PA is predominantly white, with widespread racism) and socially conservative values that draw heavily on traditional ideas of masculinity contribute to specific community challenges in promoting change. He has found that even getting the community to recognize that gender-based violence is not just a women’s issue has been much needed but difficult.

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