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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 perpetrator by creating conditions that make violence less likely to occur. Prevention of IPV focuses on preventing first-time perpetration and first-time victimization.

The ACT prevention department utilizes an 8-session curriculum designed for students ages 11-15. The curriculum covers concepts such as healthy relationships, bystander behavior, oppressive behaviors such as sexism, ageism, classism and racism, power and control, rigid gender stereotypes and more.

Community Action Teams (CAT) consist of youth and adult community members who are interested in reducing and preventing the societal norms that reinforce intimate partner violence. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, our CAT developed and implemented a strategy to address homophobia and heterosexism as a risk factor at the individual and community level of the Social Ecological Model. ACT partnered with Visuality to host educational workshops for teachers and area practitioners, panel discussions for students and a community picnic to embrace diversity. This year, we will add to and continue implementing this strategy to ensure all members of our community feel safe.

Contact Christine Kobie to find out more about prevention programming or how to get involved with our local CAT.