Preventing domestic and sexual violence of all people has been the goal of the violence against women movement since its earliest efforts. Ending oppression, promoting safety and equity, and working for social change are essential values of our movement. It has been understood throughout the history of domestic and sexual violence advocacy that we cannot end the violence until we address the historical and societal norms that condone its occurrence. This is why social change and social justice efforts are the core of MCEDSV's mission and philosophy.
We are committed to helping our member agencies, their communities and our state and local partners as they work to change the societal norms, practices, and behaviors that allow or condone perpetration of abuse. Our support includes a variety of programs, technical assistance and training that are designed to empower communities to implement prevention activates and programming in ways that are inclusive, relevant and sustainable.
Prevention consists of an array of activities and behaviors that strive to reduce perpetration, increase survivor safety and promote the end of domestic and sexual violence. This includes campaigns to raise awareness, community dialogues, short and long term educational programs, and public policy advocacy. MCEDSV engages in prevention efforts that address root causes related to sexism, gender stereotypes and social norms, and involve efforts to change attitudes and beliefs, which must occur before we will see a change in behaviors. This includes several projects that focus on Primary Prevention, approaches that take place before an incident occurs in an effort to prevent first time perpetration.
Specific projects at MCEDSV that focus on Primary Prevention include Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA), Rape Prevention Education (RPE) and Mobilizing Men and Boys in Michigan (M3).