A Call to Re-imagine Prevention: Towards more effective strategies to end violence against women and children
The Prevention Collaborative is a new global initiative created to serve practitioners and social movements working to prevent violence against women (VAW) and children (VAC). We work to strengthen the ability of key actors to deliver cutting edge violence prevention programming informed by research-based evidence, practice-based learning and feminist principles.
The Prevention Collaborative was founded by a small group of practitioners and researchers who have long worked to prevent violence against women and children. We have collectively observed that much of what has been learned in the last decade about the causes of violence and how best to prevent it has not translated into concrete programming on the ground. Given the high social and personal costs of violence, we wanted to work together to bridge this disconnect between research and practice.
This paper outlines the analysis that informed the founding of the Prevention Collaborative and locates our efforts within the wider violence prevention field. Specifically, it describes the landscape of violence prevention circa 2018, including:
- The achievements and strengths of the field (Section 1)
- The structural challenges—both external and internal—that encumber progress (Section 2).
Section 3 then outlines the Prevention Collaborative’s structure and priorities in greater detail and describe how each of our strategies attempts to speak to these challenges and opportunities. This paper mostly focuses on VAW and a follow up paper outlines our work on the intersections between VAW and VAC.