By Tiffany Fields on March 2, 2016

Harmful Gender Norms: Moving beyond binary and heteronormative approaches to preventing sexual and domestic violence

Wednesday, March 23

11 am Pacific Time, 2 pm Eastern Time


We know that harmful gender norms are a risk factor for sexual and domestic violence. Yet, conversations are typically centered around the effects those norms have on cisgender and heterosexual men and women.  As more inclusive language evolves to encompass the existence of diverse livelihoods, how do we ensure that we’re not working against our own prevention efforts by perpetuating narrow definitions of gender?  Join us for a conversation to explore the ways we, as practitioners and advocates, can transform our own thinking to ensure our organizational practices accurately reflect our communities and prime us for partnership. Bring your thoughts and questions about language, concepts and tools that organizations can use to “leave the binary behind” and more effectively prevent sexual and domestic violence.  Experts from the field will be answering questions and sharing strategies and tools that reflect the evolving public dialog around gender that will better prepare us to engage with the true constituency of our communities.


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this web conference, participants will be able to:

  • Engage in a candid discussion around gender and gender identity, the problems with narrow definitions of gender and gender identity, and implications for prevention practice
  • Share real world examples of policies, practices, and programs that reflect a broader understanding of gender and gender identity
  • Identify tools and resources that help to strengthen prevention efforts through a broader understanding of gender and gender identity for partnering and engaging with LGBTQ communities

Session Materials:

  • Chat transcript  [PDF]
  • Slides [PDF]
  • Summative Evaluation Report from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Domestic Violence Training & Technical Assistance Project [PDF]

Host: David Lee, PreventConnect and CALCASA


Facilitator: Myesha Williams, Program Coordinator, Prevention Institute



  • Wesley Thomas, Program Coordinator, LGBTQ Health and Rights
  • Lolan Buhain Sevilla, Community Organizer

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John Stoltenberg March 4, 2016 at 6:36 am

This is so important! Beliefs in the sex binary are a *major* cultural driver of sexual violence. Looking forward to this web conference! (


mollyeshea March 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm

if folks can’t make it during this time, will it be available to listen to after?


David Lee David Lee March 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

Yes, it will be recorded and can be found on this page


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