As we begin November after recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SC’s #1 National ranking for the number of women killed by men is still fresh in our minds. More than anything, we want to know, “What can we do to prevent this from happening?”
The answer rests in the primary prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence. Primary prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault is a systematic process promoting healthy environments and behaviors, resulting in the reduction of the likelihood and the frequency of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. The root of these crimes lies in power and control over another individual, and primary prevention of these crimes focuses on addressing the power and control to which a perpetrator thinks they are entitled—at a very basic, system-wide level.
These system-wide levels are individual, relationship, community and institutions & society. Only when we begin to work in all of these areas will we begin to see change, and a lowered rate of IPV and sexual violence.
Stay tuned to the SCSaysNoMore Blog for specific discussions and examples of things you and your community can do at each of these levels. In the meantime:
What can you do at any of these levels to address intimate partner and sexual violence? Are there opportunities in your own community to begin addressing some of the attitudes and behaviors that encourage and support the perpetration of these crimes?