Across The Lifespan
“If violence is learned it can be unlearned.”
— Transforming Communities
Intimate partner violence is, indeed, preventable. The approaches that are included here are designed for specific age groups within a particular context and setting. There is a wide variety of strategies in this category that may not be immediately obvious as “intimate partner violence prevention” strategies, however, they all either address risk factors for future perpetration and/or adverse childhood experiences OR they promote protective factors that are associated with increased safety, wellness, and healthy relationship behaviors. In order to be included in this collection, the strategy must somehow address the vulnerable population or its’ adult influencers and intend to disrupt the developmental pathways that could lead to partner violence. While evidence suggests that young people age 16-24 are the most vulnerable to victimization and are most likely to perpetrate violence, NYSCADV believes it is critically important to offer programming that enlists adults that have influence over young people within exposing them to education, awareness and skill building opportunities so that they are equipped to model the healthy relationship behaviors we want young people to adopt.*
* Niolon, P. H., Kearns, M., Dills, J., Rambo, K., Irving, S., Armstead, T., & Gilbert, L. (2017). Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.