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What Is Prevention Work?

What Is Prevention Work?

We understand that prevention can sound very complicated, but the concepts behind the work are actually fairly simple. Prevention work involves a variety of methods, and here at RICADV we focus mainly on engaging our community and primary prevention. Primary prevention work is not just education. It is engaging you, our community, and our legislators in working together to end domestic violence. It is about changing attitudes and behaviors. It can be as simple as saying something when someone says a sexist joke, to as in depth as attending trainings or speaking publicly about domestic violence.

Primary prevention work involves promoting traits of healthy relationships and sexuality, such as equality, respect, communication, choice, empathy, enjoyment and boundaries. It also involves enhancing community cohesion and connectedness, and educating and skill-building with youth and adults.

Another main focus in our primary prevention work is increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors. Risk factors are any characteristics that may increase the likelihood or chances of victimhood. Protective factors are any characteristics that may buffer someone from becoming a victim.

Some examples of different types of primary prevention work are:

  • Promoting gender equality
  • Engaging youth (promoting healthy relationships)
  • Promoting education for women
  • Increasing public awareness through education
  • Empowering survivors
  • Engaging men
  • Changing social norms:
    • Transforming gender norms, roles, & expectations
    • Challenging sexism
    • Challenging masculinity norms that encourage violence