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Yesterday I participated in the PreventConnect web conference PEER LEARNING FORUM – Shaping perceptions of sexual and domestic violence for prevention: The power of public narratives. The web conference, led by Dave Mann of the Grassroots Policy Project, explored the power of public narratives and how they may be utilized in IPV/SV prevention work. (Full disclosure-this was part 1 of a 3 part series, so I am still wrestling with the concepts, but I will not let that prevent me from blogging about it.) In this context, a public narrative was described as a story that can shape public consciousness, particularly around commonly held values and beliefs. There exist dominant public narratives (those that reinforce or reflect a dominant worldview) that can support or hinder violence prevention efforts. Unmasking these dominant narratives and offering an alternative, a different way of seeing things, can change the way people think about violence.
The web conference got me thinking about various prevention efforts and where they fit into this concept. Do we implement prevention activities that may be effective on an individual level, but support a harmful dominant narrative on a community or societal level? Bethany Pombarfrom the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence raised this question around gender-segregated groups. She noted that segregation by gender identification or always having men talk to other men and boys can send the message that, “Only men can engage other men and that men won’t listen to women.” It got me thinking about the other ways in which some efforts can reinforce the dominant public narrative and the real world effects that may have. Ashley Maier recently wrote a blog about how we engage men in sexual and relationship violence efforts.
Of course we need to engage people of any and all genders to end sexual and relationship violence. The question is, how do we do that in the most effective and ethical way possible?When we exclusively engage men to work with/speak to/ market to men in our practice, what are we saying to men (and women)? This practice can reinforce the beliefs that:
- Women can’t lead or influence men. (How does that effect expectations when women are in positions of power in the workplace or educational setting?)
- Men and women can’t trust one another and men won’t be honest about certain beliefs in a mixed gender setting. (How may that effect all our promotion of healthy mixed gender relationships? Do we want to create spaces where people can espouse sexist (racist/ageist/homophobic/ablest/classist) beliefs without having to be accountable to the targets of those oppressive beliefs?)
- There are attributes that legitimize belonging to a gender class, and that the lack of these attributes disqualify you from membership. (Is it helpful to use the dominant narrative around masculinity to police gender in a “good” way?)
I know that such beliefs are not included in my vision of a world without sexual and relationship violence.
PreventConnect is pleased to share its 2014 series of web conferences. As PreventConnect‘s Ashley Maier and Prevention Institute‘s Annie Lyles explain in the introductory video below, this year’s web conferences focus on the theme, Joining our fellow travelers: Practical applications for expanding the impact of sexual & domestic violence prevention efforts. Web conferences in this series focus on better understanding how sexual and domestic violence preventionists work with all the people in our community, including looking at policies, institutional practices, and reaching new audiences. Watch the message from Annie Lyles and Ashley Maier below to learn more about the series.
11 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time
(2 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern)
- March 25: Foundations in Prevention (in collaboration with Prevention Institute) - Register now!
- Interested in preventing sexual and domestic violence in your community? Want to engage in a discussion about the underlying causes of sexual and domestic violence and understand how to effectively address these root causes? Join Prevention Institute’s Annie Lyles along with special guests for this introductory web conference reviewing the fundamentals of a public health approach to preventing violence. Highlighting promising, innovative practices, they will discuss how to use the Spectrum of Prevention to create comprehensive strategies to address this complex issue. This web conference will also focus on five norms that make sexual and domestic violence more likely to occur and share strategies to effectively shift norms and prevent violence.
- March 26: Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010: Implications for Prevention
- April 24: Growing Our Impact: Moving from individual awareness building to community norms change strategies as a part of sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts (in collaboration with Prevention Institute)
- May 21: Public Sector Partnerships: The role of local government in sexual and domestic violence prevention initiatives (in collaboration with Prevention Institute)
- June 26: All Communities are Not Created Equal: Advancing health equity goals to enhance sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts (in collaboration with Prevention Institute)
- September 17: Shifting our Goal from Individual Knowledge Change to a Community Mobilized for Norms Change: What does it take to move from a skills building focus to practice and policy change success?(in collaboration with Prevention Institute)
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
11 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time
(2 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern)
In February 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States — 2010, describing the prevalence and context of intimate partner violence(IPV) victimization using data from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). Findings discuss IPV victimization, frequency, severity, patterns, need for services, and impacts to more fully convey this public health burden. In the web conference, CDC’s Matt Breiding will describe the findings of the report. We will then explore the implications for prevention of domestic violence, sexual violence and dating violence.