The term “prevention” describes approaches, programs, or strategies designed to promote healthy environments and behaviors and to prevent unhealthy environments and behaviors. Intimate partner violence prevention, sexual violence prevention, and dating violence prevention are just that – strategies to reduce the perpetration of these types of violence.
Learn more about prevention, promising models, and current approaches:
Learn about prevention in Nebraska:
- Nebraska’s 2010 Sexual Violence Prevention Plan
- Nebraska’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program Standards
- Step Up Speak Out Campaign
- Step Up Speak Out Campaign Materials
- Lindsay Ann Burke Act
- Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Awareness Months
- Nebraska’s Network of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Programs
Publications and Resources
- Why and How Should We Practice Prevention?
- Social Ecological Model
- Spectrum of Prevention
- Principles of Effective Prevention Programs
- Evaluating our Work
- Other Resources
National Awareness and Prevention Months
Intimate partner violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking happen each and every day. The number of people affected by these types of violence and the impact these types of violence can have on victims, friends, and families, are of epic proportions. In effort to raise awareness of these types of violence, and to commemorate the many people who have been affected by such violence, the President has proclaimed January to be National Stalking Awareness Month, February to be National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, April to be National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and October to be National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. National Campus Safety Awareness Month, in September, draws attention to crimes that occur on college campuses, including dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking.
National Stalking Awareness Month (January): January is National Stalking Awareness Month. The commemorative month was born from the tragic death of Peggy Klinke, a woman who was murdered by a stalker in 2003. Debbie Riddle, Peggy Klinke’s sister, reached out to the Stalking Resource Center to ask how she could help improve law enforcement’s response to stalking. That one call was the impetus for a series of events, which ultimately led to a Congressional resolution on stalking. In January 2004, the National Center for Victims of Crime launched the very first National Stalking Awareness Month and has been supporting communities across the country in their stalking awareness activities ever since.
Visit National Stalking Awareness Month to learn more. The National Stalking Awareness Month website is sponsored by the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime, and the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.
National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month (February): National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about dating violence in teen and young adult relationships. Young people across the country have been working for years to end dating violence. Advocates and other key stakeholders in the violence against women movement took note and urged Congress to include the issue of teen dating violence in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005. In 2006, Congress dedicated the first full week of February as National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week. In 2010, Congress extended the weeklong commemoration to span the entire month of February.
National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April): While organized protests against sexual violence and other violence against women have taken place for many years, it wasn’t until the early 1980s – with October being designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month – that these activities started to become more coordinated. In the late 1980s, sexual assault advocates and anti-sexual violence activists followed suit and designated one week in April as Sexual Assault Awareness Week. By the late 1990s, advocates were coordinating activities to raise awareness of sexual assault throughout the entire month of April and National Sexual Assault Month was born.
To learn more about National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, visit the National Sexual Violence Resources Center’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month webpage.
National Campus Safety Month (September): Congress unanimously supported National Campus Safety Awareness Month in 2008. Since then, the Clery Center for Security on Campus has partnered with colleges, universities, rape crisis centers, and other organizations to raise awareness about campus safety and promote campus safety prevention programming. The national initiative for National Campus Safety Awareness Month is the Safe Campus, Strong Voices Campaign, which focuses on raising awareness about sexual violence on campus, empowering victims and promoting prevention on campus, and engaging bystanders to shatter the silence of sexual violence on campus. While many colleges and universities host awareness raising activities throughout the month of September, there are two days on which campuses across the country amp up their efforts to make one unified and impactful statement against sexual violence on campus. RAINN Day is the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network’s (RAINN) annual campaign to stop sexual violence on campus. The PACT5, another national movement to prevent sexual violence on campus, organizes a National Day of Unity.
To learn more about National Campus Safety Awareness Month, visit the Clery Center for Security on Campus’s National Campus Safety Awareness Month webpage.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October): Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity, celebrated over 30 years ago. In October 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence observed the first Day of Unity to unite advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and children. The Day of Unity soon stretched to a weeklong occasion recognized by a variety of activities and events occurring at the local, state, and national levels. The violence against women movement observed its first Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 1987. In 1989, Congress officially dedicated October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and has passed legislation doing so every year thereafter. Although Domestic Violence Awareness Month has become the more celebrated national observance, we still celebrate the Day of Unity on the first Monday of each October.
To learn more about National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit the Domestic Violence Awareness Project. The Domestic Violence Awareness Project is a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.
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Alan Berkowitz is a central figure in the development of the Social Norms Theory and helps a number of organizations implement the model in their communities. This website offers access to a number of publications related to the social norms approach, sexual assault prevention, and social justice issues.
Break the Cycle
Break the Cycle provides comprehensive dating violence prevention programs exclusively to young people. This website offers dating violence information and tools for action, including public campaign materials, policy recommendations, prevention curricula, and advocacy toolkits. Break the Cycle also hosts the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month website at teendvmonth.org.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Violence Prevention) www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/index.html
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the nation’s health protection agency, conducting research and providing information on a variety of health topics. The Division of Violence Prevention focuses on preventing injuries and deaths caused by violence. This website offers information on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and dating violence prevention.
Clery Center for Security on Campus
The Clery Center for Security on Campus works to prevent violence, substance abuse, and other crimes on college and university campuses across the country. It advocates for victims of campus violence, provides education and training to colleges and universities, and supports policies that help end crime on college and university campuses. The Clery Center for Security on Campus helps lead National Campus Safety Awareness Month initiatives.
Futures Without Violence
Futures Without Violence is a leader in education programs, national policy development, professional training, and public action campaigns to end violence against women. Its programs include (among many others) the Coaching Boys into Men initiative, the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships program, and Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center.
Love is Respect
Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Hotline created Love is Repect to offer resources to young people that foster healthy dating attitudes and relationships and to provide young people with a safe space to access information and help in an environment designed just for them. This website offers great information for young people to take action against dating violence.
National Campus Safety Awareness Month
The Clery Center for Security on Campus partners with colleges, universities, rape crisis centers, and other organizations across the country to raise awareness about campus safety and promote campus safety prevention programming.
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence provides customized training and consultation to organizations and communities working to end violence against women. The website provides of number of resources and publications on intimate partner violence and sexual violence prevention.
National Social Norms Institute
Located at the University of Virginia, the National Social Norms Institute conducts research and evaluation on the social norms approach in a variety of areas, including gambling, risky sexual behavior, sexual assault, and high-risk alcohol consumption.
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence provides training, technical assistance, and resource development to the domestic violence field. Its key initiatives include VAWnet and the Domestic Violence Awareness Project.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center provides leadership to the many state coalitions and programs that respond to and work to prevent sexual violence. The Center facilitates collaboration among coalitions and programs nationwide, creates and shares resources with others in the field, and promotes research on sexual violence.
Students and faculty in five universities started PACT5, a national movement to prevent sexual violence on campus. PACT5 creates student-produced documentaries and media resources about sexual violence on campus.
A national project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, PreventConnect serves as an online community of practice for people who are engaged in the prevention of intimate partner violence and sexual violence. It is the training hub for preventionists in the field.
The Prevention Institute synthesizes research and practice, develops tools and frameworks, designs and guides multidisciplinary partnerships, and provides training and consultation around the prevention of multiple health and social issues. You can find a variety of resources on this website, including information on the Spectrum of Prevention.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. In addition to this service, RAINN advocates for victims of sexual violence in public policy and works with the media, colleges and universities, and local communities to raise awareness and educate the general public about sexual violence.
Safe Campus, Strong Voices
The Safe Campus, Strong Voices campaign focuses on raising awareness about sexual violence on campus, empowering victims and promoting prevention on campus, and engaging bystanders to shatter the silence of sexual violence on campus.
Step Up, Speak Out
A project of the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition, Step Up, Speak Out is a social marketing campaign that provides teens with clear and accurate information on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and dating violence. The website also offers information and tools for parents, coaches, and teachers.
VAWnet (National Electronic Network on Violence Against Women)
A project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, VAWnet is a comprehensive and easily accessible online collection of full-text, searchable materials and resources on intimate partner violence and sexual violence.
VETO (Violence Education Tools Online)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created VETO to provide grantees and partners online access to free training, program planning resources, and tools that focus on the primary prevention of violence.
World Health Organization (Violence and Injury Prevention)
The World Health Organization provides leadership on global health issues and initiatives, monitors and assesses health trends, shapes research and sets standards, and provides information and support to countries around health. The World Health Organization launched the first World Report on Violence and Health in 2002.