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Hot topics: Primary prevention framework for engaging men

social-ecologicalmodel.jpgThe primary prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence happens on many levels. Resources in this section present information on hot topic areas related to various levels of targeted change within the socio-ecological model for prevention. At each level, there are risk factors that may increase the likelihood of violence. There are also protective factors that may help to reduce the risk. Primary prevention approaches seek to decrease risk and increase protective factors. Resource below provide some ideas for topics to discuss or address in prevention programs. Review these resources for ideas on how you can target prevention efforts when working with boys and men.

Understanding the primary prevention approach to engaging boys and men
Individual level prevention and social change: Pornography and sexual violence
Viewing pornography may have detrimental effects on sexuality development and the risk of committing violence. Resources in this section discuss risks and consequences for porn use (Jensen & Okrina, 2004). Establishing a healthy framework for exploring and discussing sexuality may serve as a protective factor in preventing violence.
Relational level prevention and social change: The bystander approach
On the relationship level, increasing the knowledge and skill needed to disrupt violent norms and behaviors can effectively prevent violence in two ways. First, it may interrupt a violent situation from progressing in the moment. Second, it creates a climate where violence is not tolerated.
Community change: Prevention work in schools, sports programs, and social communities

WL_TakeBackTech.jpgTake Back the Tech by the Women's Networking Support Program is a tool that allows users to map violence against women committed online or through technology in an effort to bring this widespread violence into the open. Men and boys can participate in helping to track this form of violence, taking action to intervene in problematic posting and content noticed within online communities.

Societal change: Changing social norms
The media, messages, and social constructions contribute to a culture where violence is accepted, tolerated or promoted. Resources shown here offer some discussion on changing social norms and examples of ways that men can affect societal change.