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Taking action to prevent intimate partner violence and sexual violence : creating statewide prevention plans

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    Intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence (SV) are significant public health problems that negatively impact physical and emotional health and have serious consequences for victims, families, and communities. According to 2010 findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)1, about 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) in the U.S. have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner (e.g., hit with a fist or something hard, beaten, slammed against something) at some point in their lifetime. Additionally, nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime.

    As part of their efforts to address these two significant public health problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds state-level organizations for the prevention of the initial occurrence (primary prevention) of IPV and SV. Primary prevention requires comprehensive, coordinated, and sustained efforts of multiple, diverse organizations and stakeholders. These organizations and stakeholders further require both general and primary prevention specific organizational capacity to successfully adopt, implement, evaluate, and sustain primary prevention principles, concepts, and practices.2,3

    With these requirements in mind, CDC developed two programs. The Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) program funds State Domestic Violence Coalitions (SDVCs) for the primary prevention of IPV. The Enhancing and Making Programs and Outcomes Work to End Rape (EMPOWER) program provided additional funding, technical assistance and training to a subset of the national Rape Prevention Education (RPE) program grantees. RPE grantees are state health departments funded for the primary prevention of SV.

    Suggested citation: CDC. Taking action to prevent intimate partner violence and sexual violence: creating statewide prevention plans. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2013.


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