New Report on Expanding Partnerships and Linkages: Bridging Health and Safety Issues, Sectors and Social Justice Movements for Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention
A new report by Prevention Institute and PreventConnect highlights how the field of sexual and domestic violence prevention has evolved – using a public health approach and drawing perspectives from feminist theory and practice. The report is based on a web series from PreventConnect, a community of practice on the leading edge of preventing sexual and domestic violence. Several Move to End Violence Movement Makers and organizations are connected to this community, including David Lee who has played a lead role in PreventConnect since its start in 2005.
The report, Expanding Partnership & Linkages: Key Directions in Sexual & Domestic Violence, shows how advocates and practitioners are increasingly working across health and safety issues, and forming new partnerships with a variety of sectors and social justice movements. This reflects a broader shift in the sexual and domestic violence community to move beyond awareness-building and implementing one-time activities toward comprehensive efforts to change community environments and engage non-traditional partners.
Forging alliances with social justice movements and other sectors is an exciting direction for the field. Practitioners and advocates are bringing together their expertise and approaches to achieve shared goals, such as addressing inequities in health and safety and changing community conditions. Working alongside social justice movements – like Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) movements, economic justice, and immigration reform – can create greater capacity for change by merging public health approaches with the mobilization, perspective, and energy of movements.
The webinar series and report feature Movement Maker Kelly Miller from the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), a Movement Maker organization. The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence is applying a social justice lens by centering marginalized communities and focusing on youth organizing, including getting involved with Black Lives Matter, immigration reform, and working in more gender-inclusive ways. ROC United makes the connection between tipped wages and sexual harassment and assault as social justice issues. Reframing the issue of tipped wages as a sexual violence issue, rather than only using an economic angle, has significantly helped advance their work to develop better policies within the restaurant industry. Additionally, Futures Without Violence participated in a web conference on how to engage youth in shaping strategies and solutions. Leaders from the Move to End Violence community shared their local and national prevention work and explored themes like movement-building and intersectionality.
While the Move the End Violence community may not be uniformly involved in public health conversations, this is a unique moment to bring together social justice movements and public health approaches to advance social change. To learn more about the evolving field of sexual and domestic violence prevention, and uncover key findings, examples of innovative work and resources from the 2016 PreventConnect series, check out the full report and share it with your colleagues.