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 Overview
Our Statewide Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative is comprised of three major efforts outlined below: The Dare2Know Campaign, the Grant Program, and the Annual Teen Summit.
Questions about any of these efforts can be directed to the End Abuse Director of Prevention & Outreach, Stephanie Ortiz at StephanieO@endabusewi.org / (608) 237-3458.
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 programming 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 the 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.
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 and adult mentors to rally around healthy relationships. Learn more and get involved here!
Evaluating Primary Prevention
Coalition Chronicles-30-1 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.
Annual Teen Summit
Each year, we hold a conference for youth that is planned by our statewide Teen Council. Alongside over 500 youth and adult mentors from around Wisconsin, we critically examine violence prevention and anti-oppression work, with a focus on amplifying the voices of young people in promoting healthy relationships. Learn more about the Teen Summit here!