To prevent sexual violence before it takes place and eliminate sexual violence altogether, we need to involve the whole community.
Primary prevention aims to create an environment which increases the protective factors which foster equitable, loving, respectful relationships and reduces the risk factors that support and enable sexual violence.
There are lots of ways of thinking about primary prevention. It has been described as “moving upstream” by some practitioners or as working in the “green fields” before the fence at the top of the cliff. Both metaphors draw attention to primary prevention stopping harm before it occurs.
The Tauiwi Prevention Project use the metaphor of the vegetable garden, to focus attention on promoting the behaviours and attitudes in our communities which enhance well-being for all.
How can I protect my child from sexual abuse?
If you are looking for information about child sexual abuse, and what to look out for to keep our children safe, check out this pamphlet. Parents and others caring for children are often unsure about what particular behaviour means. This pamphlet is a good place to start. There are ideas about how to make sure children know they can talk to someone if someone touches them in a way they don’t like, or asks them to keep a secret which makes them feel bad. Learn more about keeping children safer from child sexual abuse.
IMPORTANT Inquiry on funding of sexual violence services
The Social Services Select Committee is holding an inquiry into funding of specialist sexual violence social services. It has called for public submissions. We are urging agencies, everyone affected by sexual violence, families/whanau and the public to make submissions by the closing date of 10 October. This is a real opportunity to make a difference. We strongly encourage you to have your say…. > read more…