Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced new research awards to continue building the evidence for preventing violence. Of the ten new research awards, five awards will evaluate the effectiveness of sexual violence primary prevention strategies from CDC’s Rape Prevention Education (RPE) programs. Awards were also given to advance research to prevent youth violence, and child abuse and neglect.
The practice-based sexual violence primary prevention approaches that received research rewards include a strengths-based curriculum called the Council for Boys and Young Men, Peer Solutions’ youth-led violence prevention initiative STAND & SERVE, a school-based program called Sources of Strength (SoS), an ongoing RPE-funded program called Wise Guys: The Next Level, and a community-level change strategy called Youth Empowerment Solutions.
These research awards will add to practice-based evidence of sexual violence prevention strategies and help close a critical gap in our understanding of what strategies best prevent sexual violence.