Education and Prevention Programs


Intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault are an epidemic in this state. SC currently ranks #1 in the nation for the number of women killed by men, according to the annual report released by the Violence Policy Center. The rates of sexual assault are equally as terrible. In addition, numbers show that these crimes are becoming more and more likely among young adults and teenagers in dating relationships.

How Do We Prevent?

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.

Primary prevention IS NOT

  • A one-time program or event
  • One skill-building session
  • One protocol

Primary Prevention IS:

  • Development of social norms and social environments that create, support, and sustain positive behaviors and healthy relationships
  • Promotion of comprehensive and multidisciplinary approaches to preventing violence against women and girls before it occurs by impeding the development of perpetrators

Primary prevention will require true social change. Primary prevention requires on-going conversation, examples of what healthy relationships and interaction are, among other things, to make structural and social change a reality. This change will include a process of changing the attitudes and beliefs that lead to specific behaviors. It also means the acknowledgement that we cannot just accept the world the way it is and expect that the problems will go away.

The following are principles for effective prevention of intimate partner violence and sexual assault:

  • Focus on changing norms to change behavior
  • foster comprehensive and integrated systems for prevention
  • Engage community leadership / be responsive to community needs and strengths
  • Promote and model positive behaviors
  • Invites men as stakeholders
  • Emphasize role of bystander intervention
  • Focus on risk factors and assets
  • Build on existing assets and efforts

Prevention Strategies include:

  • Engaging Men and Boys
  • Engaging Youth
  • Bystander/Upstander Intervention

Prevention Programs/Education Programs Available:

  • Primary Prevention for Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Campus Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Community/School Health Fairs
  • Professional Trainings

Awareness Events:

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
    • Silent Witness Vigil
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
    • Rock the Denim