Integrating Primary Prevention into Organizations

Many local sexual assault service providers, rape crisis centers and coalitions have focused work on intervention with policies and practices that emphasize victim health and safety as well as offender accountability. As organizations work toward sexual violence prevention, they must also adjust their entire agency mission toward primary prevention. The integration of primary prevention as a meaningful part of the organization’s mission requires changes in organizational structures, practices and partnership efforts. Primary prevention of sexual violence takes the energy, commitment, and time of all staff, not just the prevention practitioners.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has an information packet of prevention resources for integrating prevention into organizational operations.

The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) created a technical assistance publication, Embracing Prevention as Social Change: How to Build Organizational Capacity for Prevention. It includes ways to promote buy-in and understanding of primary prevention throughout an organization.