To prevent sexual violence before it takes place and eliminate sexual violence altogether, we need to involve the whole community.
Primary prevention aims to create an environment which increases the protective factors which foster equitable, loving, respectful relationships and reduces the risk factors that support and enable sexual violence.
There are lots of ways of thinking about primary prevention. It has been described as “moving upstream” by some practitioners or as working in the “green fields” before the fence at the top of the cliff. Both metaphors draw attention to primary prevention stopping harm before it occurs.
The Tauiwi Prevention Project use the metaphor of the vegetable garden, to focus attention on promoting the behaviours and attitudes in our communities which enhance well-being for all.
IMPORTANT Inquiry on funding of sexual violence services
The Social Services Select Committee is holding an inquiry into funding of specialist sexual violence social services. It has called for public submissions. We are urging agencies, everyone affected by sexual violence, families/whanau and the public to make submissions by the closing date of 10 October. This is a real opportunity to make a difference. We strongly encourage you to have your say…. > read more…