How effective are campus-based gender violence prevention programs?
VAWnet, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women just released a publication entitled, The Evaluation of Campus-Based Gender Violence Prevention Programming: What We Know about Program Effectiveness and Implication for Practitioners by Roberta E. Gibbons. It covers the effectiveness of various programs for reducing sexual and domestic violence on campus, such as: risk reduction/self-defense programs, empathy building programs, rape awareness/attitude change programs and bystander programs.
- Programs have been effective in increasing knowledge and decreasing rape supportive attitudes, especially in the short term.
- Dosage matters. Longer and more frequent exposures to interventions result in greater outcomes.
- Bystander programs have demonstrated link between change in attitudes an change in behavior.
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