By David Lee on February 4, 2010
Policy for Prevention
Policy is very important in prevention efforts. In PreventConnect web conferences, Prevention Institute highlights the use of the Spectrum of Prevention as a framework to understand how to create comprehensive change including “influencing policy and legislation.”
Recently, on the PreventConnect Email Group, someone asked for “how to” guides for changing policy, including local policy. Debby Tucker of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence shared these resources on this topic:
What other materials and resources are there to support people learning how to change policy?
Thanks so much for sharing these tools. I thought people might be interested to know that here in Victoria, Australia, we’ve recently launched a statewide policy plan for primary prevention of violence against women. As far as I know it’s the first long-term, sustained government initiative addressing the key contributing factors of VAW and aiming at broad cultural, organisational and attitudinal change. It’s called ‘A Right to Respect: Victoria’s Plan to Prevent Violence against Women 2010-2020’ and is available at http://www.women.vic.gov.au
It might be useful for those lobbying their own governments as it provides a framework for policy through a staged approach (10 years) and across different settings and government work areas (eg – education, workplaces, sports, media, local government, arts). I think Prevention Connection has previously discussed the framework for primary prevention of VAW developed by VicHealth (?) – this policy is based on that. The Framework itself is available at: http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/en/Programs-and-Projects/Freedom-from-violence/Preventing-violence-before-it-occurs.aspx
Please feel free to contact me on the email above if you have any questions or would like further information.
Thank you for setting this up!
At SAFER we focus on helping college and university students change campus sexual assault policies. We have an Activist Resource Center with tools for students working on policy, but some of it might be useful to non-students too! Register to see the ARC here: http://www.safercampus.org/resources