Prevention It’s Everyone’s Business to Prevent Domestic and Sexual Violence

 Every 15 seconds a woman is abused and every two minutes someone is sexual assaulted in America.  It is the most under-reported phenomenon in our society.  Let us all do our part to address the problem of domestic violence and not tolerate violence or abuse in any form. Domestic violence not only affects the victims of the abuse, it affects the entire community. 

Make a pledge
to be a part of the solution to end domestic and sexual violence.

I Will:

  • Never commit, condone or stay silent about an act of violence or abuse

  • Educate myself as well as my friends, family and children about healthy relationships

  • Act with, and promote, equality and respect for others in all areas of my life

  • Engage in courageous conversations with others about the issues of, and solutions to, domestic and sexual violence

  • Speak out if I hear statements that reflect attitudes or see behaviors that degrade women and promote a culture of violence

  • Think about how I define manhood and consider what messages about manhood I want to pass on to others

  • Think about how I define femininity and consider what message I want to pass on it others

  • Teach the boys and young men in my life to respect women and that strength is not defined by violence or domination

  • Work to assure equal opportunities for girls and young women in my community.

  • Further my knowledge and understanding of domestic and sexual violence by attending a local educational seminar

  • Encourage the institutions I am involved in to adopt policies and practices that support healthy community norms and a violence free community

  • Support or donate to a program that helps repair the damage of domestic or sexual violence   

    Rape and Abuse Crisis Center holds Summit to Prevent Domestic and Sexual Violence with community leaders

It's Everyone's Business: Summit to Prevent Domestic and Sexual Violence video



FM Business Leaders video

The Importance of Public Policy in Primary Prevention “From Kools to Cancer Sticks: How Quality Prevention Changed Tobacco Norms,” video by Larry Cohen, Executive Director, Prevention

Changing Norms to Prevent Violence Against Women This presentation introduces the key role of changing social norms to develop effective primary prevention efforts.  It was adapted from the Prevention Connection Web Conference “Toward a Community Solution: Advancing Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women” held on November 30, 2006.