New report on strategies to prevent domestic violence
One in four women were victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner with a negative impact such as injury, fear, concern for safety or needing services. We need to not only respond to this violence, but need to prevent it. How do we do this?
In order to prevent the violence, we need to know what are the key strategies to prevent domestic violence. In Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights the following strategies that have evidence demonstrating that these strategies can prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) or reduce risk factors/increase protective factors associated with IPV.
- Teach safe and healthy relationship skills
- Engage influential adults and peers
- Disrupt the developmental pathways toward partner violence
- Create protective environments
- Strengthen economic supports for families
- Support survivors to increase safety and lessen harms
PreventConnect will soon announce a web conference to review this technical package. CDC has recently released other technical packages on preventing sexual abuse, child abuse & neglect, suicide, and youth violence.