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Feb 2017

Violence and Sexual Assault Against Women:

Reducing its Prevalence via an Evidence-Based Prevention Approach

On February 1, 2017 the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives hosted a briefing with nationally recognized experts on violence and sexual assault against women.  Though men are also victims, violence and sexual assault against women is pervasive on cultural and historical levels, and in varied settings, from the home and workplace to the military, college campuses and sex trade businesses. Importantly, violence against women has many victims, including children, families and the larger community; a sobering fact with significant policy implications.

Our briefing speakers provided an overview of the problem and then discussed the sources of violence in particular settings and situations. Evidence-based strategies were presented that have been shown to prevent or reduce violence against women. Congressional legislators described their position on the issue and relevant past or pending legislation.

From left to right: Keeli Sorensen, Natalia Aguirre, Dr. Christopher Krebs, Dr. Rebecca Vivrette

Dr. Rebecca Vivrette

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Overview: The nature and extent of the problem, looking at its historical and cultural context

Natalia Aguirre

National Director of Technical Assistance and Training, Alliance for HOPE International

Violence against women in the home and its prevention

Dr. Christopher Krebs

Chief Scientist, Center for Justice, Safety, and Resilience, RTI International

The prevalence and prevention of sexual assault in college  

Keeli Sorensen

Director of Government Relations and Public Policy, Polaris

Violence and sexual assault against women in sex trafficking and its prevention

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