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Prevention InitiativePromoting Community-Wide Health

Healthy communities are less violent communities.

Doing prevention work in communities typically requires more time-intensive relationship-building with stakeholders and local members. Once a local program establishes a presence and is accepted into a community, prevention staff can begin assessing the community’s needs.

Though PCADV’s prevention efforts are focused on domestic violence, all of the community’s immediate needs should be acknowledged. Any work that happens primarily at the community and societal levels that seeks to create sustainable and equitable safety, happiness and health within a given community is prevention.

One of PCADV’s key prevention initiatives is the is the Community Readiness Model (CRM). PCADV is passing through funds to six local domestic violence programs to assess their communities for readiness for addressing domestic violence. The CRM requires asking the community how they think and feel about domestic violence, from which programs will build their prevention plans.