ACC launches web-based toolkit on primary prevention of sexual violence

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ACC has developed an online toolkit on sexual violence primary prevention activities.

The Making a Difference: Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Toolkit provides a wide range of information and resources to support people to plan, implement and evaluate effective primary prevention initiatives.

Primary prevention activities target the underlying causes of sexual violence, aiming to prevent violence before it occurs. It aims to change the social and cultural values, beliefs and attitudes, knowledge and understanding and norms and behaviour that enable sexual violence.

Information on the website includes:

  • What primary prevention is
  • Best practices for sexual violence prevention - what works
  • Evaluation guidance - to help confirm whether you're making a difference, and uncover things that could be changed or improved
  • Tools, templates and examples - including logic models, theories of change, evaluation tools and reporting tools.

The section on best practices includes information about what works generally and for specific groups including:

  • Children and young people
  • Māori
  • Pasifika
  • Migrants and refugees
  • Rainbow community
  • People with disabilities.

ACC’s Injury Prevention Portfolio Manager – Violence, Mike McCarthy, said in a media release "Our goal is to support children, aged 25 and under, to experience safe, healthy and respectful relationships. As part of our violence prevention initiatives, we want to improve the ability to evaluate sexual violence prevention activities in New Zealand."

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The Ministry of Social Development recently provided an update on progress to develop sexual violence services under the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence Work Programme.