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Primary Prevention

Download the 2017 - 2019 Statewide Primary Prevention Plan.
The previous 2014-2016 report and executive summary are available on the Publications page.

One of CCADV’s priority goals is the prevention of domestic violence and, in particular, intimate partner violence (IPV). To that end, we have developed Connecticut’s first statewide plan designed to address the factors that increase risk for the perpetration of IPV and to promote factors that create healthy, sustainable families and communities.

The plan, From Planning to Practice: Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Connecticut (link to pdf of plan), reflects our core commitment to reach out to all residents of Connecticut to help foster the attitudes, skills, behaviors and norms that lead to healthy relationships. This includes a focus on those groups that carry the heaviest burden of risk for being affected by violence.

There are five (5) strategic directions included in the plan that are based off of findings from a rapid needs assessment of IPV and prevention-related resources in Connecticut. The five strategic areas, of which goals and suggested action steps are included with each, are:

1. Engaging youth in IPV prevention

2. Involving men & boys in IPV prevention

3. Raising public awareness about IPV and IPV prevention programs

4. Strengthening and increasing available IPV prevention programs

5. Incorporating Results-Based Accountability in IPV prevention programs

The plan outlines strategies that will increase state and local capacity to plan, implement, evaluate and support strategies that prevent first perpetration of domestic violence. To accomplish this goal, it will require true and significant social change – a shifting of people’s attitudes and beliefs to shape a more positive outcome.

What is Primary Prevention?

Primary prevention is any action, strategy or policy that prevents intimate partner violence (IPV) from initially occurring. Primary prevention seeks to reduce the overall likelihood that anyone will become a victim or a perpetrator by creating conditions that make violence less likely to occur. Prevention of IPV focuses on preventing first-time perpetration and first time victimization.

CCADV strongly believes that domestic violence, including intimate partner violence, is preventable.  While we have comprehensive intervention programs that address the effects of domestic violence after it occurs, we consider the prevention to be the first step in the process of addressing domestic violence so that we can stop the abuse before it begins. 

It is critical to define the underlying causes that prompt and perpetuate IPV and to implement strategies that impact those underlying causes. It is generally agreed that effective prevention efforts should promote healthy, respectful relationships in families, while countering the underlying beliefs, attitudes, and social norms that are deeply embedded in our social structures and that condone forms of family and intimate partner violence.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Toolkit

Nationwide, 1 in 3 teens reports being physically, sexually or emotionally hurt by their partner. According to the CT Department of Public Health, 17% of CT high school students report being emotionally abused by a dating partner and 8% report being physically abused by a dating partner (2011 School Health Survey Youth Risk Behavior Report). Early exposure to abusive or violent relationships increases the likelihood of those types of relationships being repeated later in life.

Primary prevention is one of CCADV’s priority goals and working to end teen dating violence and early experiences with unhealthy relationships is a key piece to that goal. To facilitate this effort, we have created a Teen Dating Violence Awareness Toolkit. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and a great time to use the toolkit to engage teens and adolescents, but many of the tools included can be used throughout the year to educate about healthy relationships and how to get help. The toolkit includes useful statistics, warning signs, resources for help, and activities such as sample tweets and selfie signs to get people engaged through social media.

Download our Teen Dating Violence Awareness Toolkit in English or Spanish!

For more information about primary prevention, please contact Linda Blozie, Director of Training & Prevention, at (860) 282-7899 or lblozie@ctcadv.org.

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