The Tools for Change

We believe that robust, active, and informed prevention is key to stopping sexual & domestic violence, and we are committed to empowering individuals to recognize and address violence in their communities.

Modeling Healthy Relationships

Prevention efforts start at the individual level, including examining your attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors surrounding domestic violence and relationships. Recognizing the components of health relationship, and then seeking to model that in the community is crucial with friends, children, and others.

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Examining Gender Norms

Gender norms are “rules” about how binary genders should behave within society. These norms and rules are set by what is appropriate within a culture which means that these norms can vary widely between cultures, and may negatively influence relationships leading to domestic violence.

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Bystander Intervention

Bystander intervention is a primary prevention and public health approach to healthy and safe communities which involves intervening before, during, or after a person sees or hears a situation where there is violence, harm, or oppression of another person, group or community.

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Modeling Healthy Relationships

One of the most productive things you can do is begin having conversations with your friends, family, peers, and other community members about domestic violence and healthy relationships. Modeling healthy relationships, especially to children, is imperative to set foundations for healthy future relationships in their lifetime. Our peers, coworkers, church members, and friends can also benefit from this framework.

The Respect Challenge (Futures Without Violence)

RESPECT! shines a bright light on respect in relationships – all relationships – those with family, friends, coworkers, and particularly an intimate partner. You can help the next generation build healthy, non-violent relationships by teaching young people early and often about the importance of respect. This conversation starter guide provides helpful starting points to have helpful and important conversations about what is and isn’t okay in a relationship.

A Parent’s Handbook: How to Talk to Youth about Healthy Relationships (LINA)

With the help of this handbook compiled Love is Not Abuse (LINA) coalition, and the love and support of important adults in their lives, youth can build the skills they need to engage in balanced, rewarding, and loving relationships. By using some of the techniques and examples found in this handbook, you can establish a strong and lasting foundation for effective communication with your children.

As parents, it is quite common to want to take charge of a potentially harmful situation and make what we believe are the best decisions for our children. However, we can ensure that the youths within our life feel both protected and empowered to make informed decisions about their relationships.

How to Set Boundaries (Love is Respect)

It’s important that partners feel comfortable expressing their wants, goals, fears, and limits, and everyone’s boundaries are honored. That means everyone feels comfortable communicating their needs without fear of what another person will do in response.

Examining Gender Norms

There are several ways we can strive towards eliminating negative gender norms within our society by looking deeper into the ways we communicate with one another, how we can increase body image and self-esteem for each gender, how to promote consensual sexual relationships and create environments that have zero tolerance for harassment.

Bystander Intervention

The goal of prevention is to focus on primary prevention to promote healthy environments and behaviors and reduce the likelihood of an incident, condition, or injury before it occurs in the first place2. In typical bystander intervention education, there are four main approaches to intervening: direct intervention, distraction, delegation, or delay.