Mapping prevention: lifting up transformative approaches to domestic and sexual violence prevention

The Mapping Prevention 2020 report is here!

What is mapping prevention?

With funding from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL), the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence (CEGV) led a project to engage people across King County to better understand how communities can prevent domestic, sexual and family violence outside of systems of policing and punishment.

Mapping Prevention 2020, a short-term participatory action research project in King County, created and shared community data on existing efforts to prevent violence, as well as opportunities for strategic expansion and future visioning with a focus on strategies that address racism and its intersections with sexism and other forms of oppression.

Local organizers working with CEGV proposed the project as part of the first phase of the VSHSL strategy Countywide Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Prevention Pilot which aims to implement a countywide initiative to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, commercial sexual exploitation and other forms of gender-based violence.

The survey

In the summer of 2020, the Mapping Prevention 2020 Survey was conducted online with 600+ participants and interviews with 46 local practitioners working across King County. The survey emphasized the perspectives of Black and Indigenous people and other People of Color (BIPOC) and focused on approaches to domestic and sexual violence prevention that directly address racism and its intersections with sexism and other forms of oppression.

What did the survey tell us?

Across King County, people want to be more involved in collective efforts to prevent domestic and sexual violence in their own lives and in the lives of their friends, families, and broader communities.

Young adults are well positioned to prevent violence, as many turn to each other for support. The resources they need include: mental health supports, safe spaces, trustworthy relationships, and skills to make change.

Anti-violence advocates strongly agree that antiracism and anti-oppression are essential to preventing domestic and sexual violence. Many would like to see organizations do more to take action.

Culturally-specific organizations and racial justice groups are already engaged in and would like to do more to prevent domestic and sexual violence, but most do not yet receive public funding to support this work.

Read the full report, Lifting Up Transformative Approaches to Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention, here.

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