The research is clear, sexual violence is preventable. Educational programs that teach young people skills to develop healthy relationships and create protective environments are key to preventing harm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been a leader in the effort to reduce rates of violence by impacting multiple levels of the Social-Ecological Model.
Housed within the Guide to Community Preventative Services, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) is made up of public health and prevention practitioners who provide evidence-based recommendations to support the improvement of population health. Based on a systematic review of 28 studies, the CPSTF recommends the use of primary prevention strategies in the reduction of youth intimate partner violence, aligning with the CDC’s STOP SV Technical Package. This additional support for the use of primary prevention strategies, such as addressing risk factors and promoting protective factors, substantiates that our prevention work with youth moves us closer to a world free from sexual violence.