Domestic and sexual violence are preventable public health concerns...

Which is why prevention is part of MCADSV’s comprehensive approach to domestic and sexual violence with victim services, systems advocacy and awareness. MCADSV emphasizes primary prevention, preventing first time perpetration.

Primary prevention works to achieve social change by targeting the behaviors, beliefs, attitudes and knowledge of communities to prevent violence before it occurs. The focus of primary prevention is on potential perpetrators’ actions to prevent perpetration instead of focusing on the victim’s behavior. Reducing one’s risk for victimization is called risk reduction and does not hold perpetrators and batterers accountable.

Through environmental, social and systemic change, domestic and sexual violence can be stopped before they start. MCADSV continues to identify statewide data and evidence to guide its sexual and domestic violence primary prevention activities. This approach has been essential in the development of Missouri’s 2011-2016 Statewide Sexual Violence Prevention Program Plan, to which MCADSV was a primary contributor.

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This project was supported in part by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program contract No. 2013G991540 and by Grant No. 2012-MU-AX-0009 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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