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Storytelling for Norms Change and Community Engagement to Prevent Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence

Lived experiences and knowledge shared through storytelling can be a powerful tool to communicate lessons, ideas, and concepts. Storytelling can help build relationships and empathy, and has been shown to establish or reinforce social norms that support behavior that is being promoted. Join PreventConnect as we explore how storytelling can be used as a tool to promote positive social norms and teach skills to prevent sexual and intimate partner violence.


  • Describe how storytelling can be instrumental in promoting positive social norms and engaging the community to prevent sexual and domestic violence.
  • Identify strategies to engage communities in candid, constructive dialogue and stories that promote social norms change to prevent violence
  • Identify potential hurdles and ethical considerations while using these tools in communities and strategies to overcome them

HOSTS/FACILITATORS: Ashleigh Klein-Jimenez & Tori VandeLinde, PreventConnect and CALCASA


  • Web conference PowerPoint slides [PDF]
  • Text chat transcript [PDF]


  • Meghna Bhat, Project Manager, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
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Meghna Bhat

5 responses to “Storytelling for Norms Change and Community Engagement to Prevent Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence”

  1. There seems to be something wrong with the registration link. Can someone confirm it is the right link and the discrepancies in the date/time of the session. Thanks!

  2. Will closed captioning be provded? Or at least turn on the automatically generated captions (available through Zoom) so deaf participants such as myself can join?


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