This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help
communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to reduce sexual
violence (SV) and its consequences. These strategies focus on promoting social norms that protect against violence;
teaching skills to prevent SV; providing opportunities, both economic and social, to empower and support girls
and women; creating protective environments; and supporting victims/survivors to lessen harms. The strategies
represented in this package include those with a focus on preventing SV from happening in the first place as well as
approaches to lessen the immediate and long-term harms of SV. Though the evidence for SV is still developing and
more research is needed, the problem of SV is too large and costly and has too many urgent consequences to wait
for perfect answers. There is a compelling need for prevention now and to learn from the efforts that are undertaken.
Commitment, cooperation, and leadership from numerous sectors, including public health, education, justice, health
care, social services, business/labor, and government can bring about the successful implementation of this package.