Prepared in Partnership by: The Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence; Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence; and the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services
This report was created in partnership by AASAS and Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence to facilitate discussion with the Government of Alberta around the primary prevention of sexual violence, and to support the development of a sexual violence action plan for Alberta. Both organizations acknowledge that domestic violence and sexual violence are not entirely separate and independent issues. Both are serious social issues, often interconnected and requiring comprehensive prevention strategies. However, there are also highly specialized areas within each respective issue that must be acknowledged and responded to.
This report has several objectives:
- To understand the scope of sexual violence both internationally, nationally and locally, as well as the factors that both prevent and contribute to sexual violence;
- To identify theories and paradigms that are currently being used to understand sexual violence, as well as approaches and models used to develop sexual violence primary prevention strategies in other jurisdictions; and
- To present the best available research evidence in the area of sexual violence primary prevention that makes sense in the Alberta context.