By David Lee on March 30, 2015 · tagged as , ,

Using policies to prevent sexual and domestic violence perpetration

Cover of NSVRC publication Key Findings: Exploring Alcohol Policy Approaches to Prevent Sexual Violence with a martini picturedLast week over 250 people joined the PreventConnect web conference The role of alcohol policies to prevent intimate partner violence and sexual violence perpetration where we explored options to using alcohol policies toward contributing to sexual and domestic violence prevention. I was excited about this conversation where we acknowledged how alcohol has been framed in ways that excuse perpetrator behaviors and blame victims.  However, there are also potential opportunities to use alcohol policy to prevent sexual and domestic violence.

This web conference featured two recently published articles by CDC staff The Role of Alcohol Policies in Preventing Intimate Partner Violence: A Review of the Literature” (January 2015) in the Journal of Studies of Alcohol and Drugs and “Exploring Alcohol Policy Approaches to Prevent Sexual Violence Perpetration” (November 2014) in Trauma, Violence and Abuse. Last week the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, released Key Findings: Exploring Alcohol Policy Approaches to Prevent Sexual Violence that summarizes the article about sexual violence. These papers explored several policy options:

  • Alcohol pricing
  • Alcohol sale time
  • Alcohol outlet density
  • Drinking environment
  • Marketing
  • Campus specific

What policy do you see as promising to prevent sexual and domestic violence?

David Lee

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David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project PreventConnect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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