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How can violence be prevented before it begins?

To guide our prevention work, we are inspired by the Prevention Institute to define prevention as “a systematic process that promotes healthy environments and behaviors and reduces the likelihood or frequency of violence against women occurring.” To do this, we focus on rethinking and reframing our anti-domestic violence work to address root causes, shift culture, build leadership and promote healthy relationships.

Domestic violence is a serious public health issue that calls for individual, relational, community, and societal approaches to stopping violence before it starts. By shifting our lens, understanding historical context, focusing on community organizing, and developing an awareness of intersections of oppression, together we can move forward to a domestic violence-free Wisconsin.

We envision promising prevention strategies that work with people and systems to challenge gender, race, and class stereotypes and oppressive norms while defining new ways to be a more positive, equitable, and just society.

Statewide Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative

Our Statewide Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative is comprised of three major efforts outlined below: The Dare2Know Campaign, the Annual Teen Summit, and the Grant Program.


Questions about any of these efforts can be directed to the End Abuse Prevention & Public Awareness Coordinator, Stephanie Ortiz at / (608) 237-3458.


 Dare2Know Campaign


Dare2Know (D2K) is a statewide prevention initiative working to stop violence before it begins by engaging youth in valuing their voice, persuading their peers, and connecting with their community. The first of its kind in our state, it is a challenge and a movement for teens to rally around healthy relationships. Learn more and get involved here!


Annual Teen Summit


Each year, we hold a conference for youth that is planned by our statewide Teen Council. Alongside over 500 youth and advocates from around Wisconsin, we critically examine violence prevention and anti-oppression work, with a focus on amplifying the voices of young people in these efforts. Learn more about the Teen Summit here!

Grant Program

Evaluating Primary Prevention

• Coalition Chronicles 31-1: Taking the Pulse-Evaluation Resources and Insights:
Crafting a concise plan into programming that includes evaluation can have a tremendous impact on services and all the work we do. End Abuse has begun thinking about evaluation as a wraparound effort – assessment, implementation and reflection. Evaluation is the work we do first and the decisions we make to get a project going. It’s connected to our daily, weekly or monthly endeavors to accomplish our goals. And it is ways we measure if we succeed and to what degree.

Click here to view this edition of the Coalition Chronicles



History of How We Got Here:


 We wouldn't be here without the foundational work of the past. The following documents outline some past efforts which have led to End Abuse's current prevention work.

Report to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin On Prevention Information and Feedback Listening Sessions Held Spring 2016:
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin coordinated listening sessions to talk with domestic violence and sexual assault experts, culturally specific program providers, and youth coordinators around the state. The goal of the sessions was to get information and recommendations from participants about culturally appropriate prevention programing and practice that can support healthy vibrant relationships and violence free communities.

Forward To A Domestic Violence-Free Wisconsin: Statewide Plan for the Primary Prevention of Domestic Violence:
Domestic violence is a critical public health issue that calls for community-oriented approaches to stopping violence before it can begin. In 2006 the Governor’s Council Prevention Committee began meeting to create a statewide Primary Prevention of Domestic Violence Plan, resulting in the approval in April 2009 of a five-year strategic plan. This plan is currently using a public health approach to benefit the largest group possible; it builds the capacity of individuals, organizations, and systems to more effectively identify, implement, and evaluate strategies that can prevent first-time perpetration. The development and implementation of this plan would not have been possible without support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention DELTA project, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Domestic Violence Program of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Understanding Primary Prevention
  • Primary Prevention Basics: This one-page handout describes the core elements of prevention of domestic violence. It includes definitions, helpful models, the prevention to intervention continuum, and comparisons with other social change movements.

Click here to view the handout

  • Prevention: Men as Allies (11.27.2012 Webinar Recording): This webinar explored promising local initiatives that engage men, and ways to develop an approach to mobilizing men in your community. Presented by Molly Zemke, Prevention Program Coordinator from Domestic Abuse Intervention Services. Click here to view and listen to the webinar.
  • Coalition Chronicles 30-1 through 30-3: All 2011 Coalition Chronicles (our educational journal) focused on the topic of Primary Prevention.

 Violence Prevention Fundamentals – Building a Foundation: Can we end domestic violence? We must prevent it from happening in the first place. Click here to view this edition of the Coalition Chronicles


Primary Prevention Building Blocks: Changing Social Norms: Violence against women and all types of interpersonal violence is also supported by social norms. Norms are standards, attitudes, and beliefs – rooted in culture and tradition – that are so embedded in our daily lives that we often aren’t conscious of the role they play in influencing the way we act and how we see the world. Norms are much more than just habits; yet, as we’ve seen with norms related to smoking, they can be shifted. This issue of Coalition Chronicles explores how we can do that. Click here to view this edition of the Coalition Chronicles


Organizing: Power to the People to Prevent Domestic Violence: This Coalition Chronicles is a project of End Abuse’s Prevention Workgroup and represents the final entry of a year-long series on Prevention of Domestic Violence. Click here to view this edition of the Coalition Chronicles

Prevention Curricula & Activities

Prevention Exercises: Exercises are a fun and accessible way to teach and learn about primary prevention that can be repeatedly used to keep people thinking about social change in their personal and professional lives. Try these with community groups, CCR teams, volunteers and staff, etc.

Before & After Game
Bystander Intervention Strategies Exercise
Continuum of Harm Exercise
Everyday Violent Language Exercise
Hotdogs for Breakfast Game
Sexual and Dating Violence Awareness Activity
Social Norms Pie Exercise
Social Movement Victories Exercise

Resources on Engaging Youth

Please see our Engaging Youth page for the latest resources on engaging young people in prevention work.

Learn More about Global, National, & Statewide Prevention Initiatives


One Billion Rising is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Its name acknowledges that over one billion women and girls will experience violence in their lifetime.



PreventConnect is a national online project dedicated to the primary prevention of violence against women. Their website includes prevention resources and information on web conferences.



The Forward Wisconsin Initiative: a Shared Vision for Preventing Interpersonal Violence is a project that brings together lead agencies in Wisconsin in the broad field of interpersonal violence – child maltreatment, domestic violence, elder abuse, and sexual violence – to maximize efforts to change social norms and community tolerance for violence. Click here to view the Forward Wisconsin Core Components.


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We envision communities fully engaged to provide safety and to give a voice to all affected by domestic abuse, while creating the social change necessary to address its root causes. We honor the wisdom and strength of domestic abuse survivors across the lifespan. Our mission is achievable through survivor-centered work that includes strategic partnerships and collaboration. As advocates for social justice, we embrace the voices of diverse communities.