Prevention

At The S.A.F.E. Center, we are committed to stopping violence before it
occurs. So we turn to you, our community members, when looking for
a solution to the question: What can we do in our communities,
organizations, and coalitions to increase and improve sexual violence
prevention efforts? This question has many challenges and obstacles
because of the conversation surrounding prevention. What does
prevention look like? Prevention work is not typically visible
immediately as compared to crisis support. Prevention encompasses
many programs, approaches, and strategies designed to promote
healthy environments and behaviors, while preventing unhealthy
ones. Prevention covers a wide range of actions and beliefs as well.

Our Vision

Our vision is to strengthen communities through coalition building and
providing resources to educate on sexual violence prevention. Our goal is to utilize primary prevention strategies using population-based approaches that take place before sexual violence has occurred and prevent initial perpetration and victimization.

This will be done through mobilizing ownership of prevention within
and across communities, developing messaging to engage inclusive
audiences for social norm change, and adapting and diversifying to
maintain sustainability.

We aim to promote social norms that protect against violence, teach skills to prevent violence, provide opportunities to empower and support girls and women while also teaching skillsets that mobilize men and boys as allies, strengthen supports provided to marginalized communities, and create protective environments through community mobilization. Our hope is to spur into action sustainable change towards individuals, communities, and societies that are free from sexual violence. If you have questions or want to get involved in prevention efforts, connect with us!

5 D’s of Bystander Intervention

1. Direct. Step in and address the situation directly if it’s safe to do so.

2. Distract. Divert attention from either person in the situation to
intervene.

3. Delegate. Find others to help you intervene.

4. Delay. You may not be able to do something in the moment.
Find an appropriate time to address the situation.

5. Document. Record the incident if it is safe.

Voices Encouraging Relationship Integrity for Youth (verify.) was started by Buffalo County students in the fall of 2017. The goal of verify. is to educate peers and raise awareness regarding healthy relationships while drawing attention to the positive qualities of friendships and intimate relationships. verify. provides support to local teens and demonstrates what healthy relationships look like while developing and sponsoring local events that bring awareness to the prevention of violence. Contact our office for further questions and to get involved!

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