Prevention is an action or series of actions focused on stopping something before it starts. Our sexual and intimate partner/domestic violence prevention framework is rooted in feminist theory and public health models such as those from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Community beliefs and social norms are at the core of what is contributing to and perpetuating intimate partner/domestic and sexual violence in ND. To be successful, our prevention efforts call for a whole range of activities and strategies in a continuum of social and cultural contexts.
CAWS North Dakota, the ND Department of Health Division of Injury Prevention and Control (ND DoH), and the Minnesota-based Improve Group are members of ND’s State Capacity Building Team (SCBT) for intimate partner/domestic violence and sexual violence prevention efforts.
These efforts from the SCBT, from local crisis intervention programs, and from individuals and groups in communities around our state are focusing on reducing or eliminating the impact of intimate partner/domestic and sexual violence through age-appropriate skill-building prevention curriculums and social norms awareness campaigns.