New resource on engaging key sectors to prevent violence

Image: Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig

A new resource from the Prevention Institute (US) offers support for collaboration across sectors to prevent violence.

Multi-Sector Partnerships for Preventing Violence is in four parts:

Part 1: The Value of Multi-Sector Collaboration for Preventing Violence

Part 2: Workbook — Using the Collaboration Multiplier Tool

Part 3: Workbook — Roles and Contributions of Sectors, Agencies and Departments

Part 4: Appendices and References

The resource was created in recognition that many sectors want to do something but don't know what to do or how to be effective. Others may not yet be aware that they have a role in violence prevention. Accordingly, it sets out contributions that a range of public sector, private sector and local government organisations can make to preventing violence, including: Community Services, Justice, Economic, Education, Governance, Public Health, Social Services, Schools, Mental Health Services, Business, Faith Communities, News Media and a range of local government services.

The guide includes case examples of how various sectors are helping prevent violence in US cities and talking points to persuade others to get involved, as well as suggested actions for people who want to do more. A 'Collaboration Multiplier too' guides users through a step-by-step process to assist various sectors to better understand one another’s perspectives, identify strengths and gaps in their partnership, and fully realise the benefits of working together. It seeks to delineate the need for participation of multiple sectors to prevent violence, clarify the roles and contributions of various sectors in preventing violence, and explore the added value of sectors working together to prevent violence, and how each sector’s involvement benefits the overarching effort. 

Image: Community of People by Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig. Licence: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)