247502 Exploring the gap: How can policy change prevent sexual and domestic violence in a community?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Annie Lyles, MSW , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Christine Chang, BA , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Rachel Davis, MSW , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Larry Cohen, MSW , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Healthy communities lead to healthy minds, but neither can be sustained without healthy, community-wide social norms. Prevention Institute has identified five key norms that limit community health by increasing the likelihood of sexual and domestic violence (SDV): a culture of violence, limited roles for women, narrow definitions of masculinity, an emphasis on power & control over others, and norms around secrecy. As approaches focused on changing these unhealthy norms gain momentum, practitioners and academics are seeking to better understand policy opportunities within a norms approach. Unfortunately, while policy change as tool is well established, evidence for the field of SDV remains sparse especially in underserved communities. As a way to expand the evidence base, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Prevention Institute hosted a series of 10 webinars in 2010 focusing on a norms approach to violence prevention with special attention to underserved populations. For each of the five norms, policy implications at the organizational, local and national level were examined by over 1,000 national thinkers, local leaders and community practitioners via online dialogs. The resulting strategies, lessons learned from implementation, and measureable indicators for success, revealed the complexity of working with underserved populations and also the promising strategies, collaborative models and potential benchmarks for policy based efforts. This session will discuss the online, participatory learning process, equip participants with a solid understanding of the norms approach and reflect the field's best thinking about policy change as a tool to prevent SDV and improve community health.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. List the five key norms that make family more likely to occur in communities. 2. Discuss promising organizational, local, and national policies that address SDV. 3. Identify indicators for measuring success.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over fifteen years experience in the preventing violence field and oversees projects in this area. I also develop and host Prevent Connect webinars, a series devoted to preventing intimate partner violence. I have facilitated county wide violence prevention planning and coordinated the MS Foundation Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Project. Prior to joining Prevention Institute, I was a Program Specialist in the County of San Diego Office of Violence Prevention, where I focused on violence against women, teen dating and street violence, providing trainings, and developing local initiatives.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.