“It’s on all of us to step up and be a part of the solution" itsonus.org
SAFE in Hunterdon takes the public health approach to end sexual assault, domestic abuse and teen dating violence by preventing the initial perpetration or victimization to take place. At SAFE in Hunterdon, we recognize power-based violence as a preventable community issue and that its existence within our society can no longer be tolerated.
Primary Prevention is about addressing Risk Factors and promoting Protective Factors that can prevent sexual violence before it occurs. By changing individual, relationship and societal norms and systems, Primary Prevention is changing our culture to become violence-free, promoting safety, equality and respect.
SAFE in Hunterdon joins with Hunterdon County in Primary Prevention through a series of approaches that thoughtfully include community action and partnerships. Through these we have the potential to influence policy, enhance education, increase awareness, reduce risk and provide resources necessary to promote community health, safety and well-being. Together we implement programming in areas such as healthy relationships, bystander skills, and media literacy.
Primary Prevention Coalition
Coalition to Promote Healthy Relationships - This community coalition is dedicated to promoting healthy relationships by addressing power-based violence which includes bullying, dating violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence. It is a coalition priority that the community have a stake in the promotion of healthy relationships and that this county is a place of wellness and health for everyone. Any community member is welcome to join.
Youth Advocates-Young adults, ages 15 – 21 who would like to participate in the Partners Promoting Healthy Relationships in Hunterdon County Coalition around youth issues and collaborate with their high school or college communities to create positive social change and prevent power-based violence such as teen dating violence, sexual violence and bullying. Any high-school or college age individual is welcome to join.
GENDER AND VIOLENCE: How Media Shape Our Culture:
This primary prevention curriculum can be used with young adults ranging from eighth grade to college-aged or can be modified to meet the needs of other adult groups. In this curriculum we examine society’s attitudes about gender and other stereotypes that may contribute to the normalization of power-based violence while learning to break down media messaging and engage in up-stander behaviors through interactive activities and lessons. Media literacy programming incorporates seven to eight sessions of skill-building education provided at no cost. This primary prevention approach can be implemented in schools, organizations and social groups, etc. The program may be customized to include parents, teachers and the whole community through continued messaging and education.
Single Session Program(s):
Sexual Violence - discusses topics such as consent, flirting and sexual harassment.
Healthy Relationships - discusses what a healthy relationship is, including friendships, dating relationships and beyond.
Pre-Prom - Drug and Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault - discusses substances utilized in sexual assault, consent and bystander intervention.
Teen Dating Violence - discusses the different types of abuse in teen dating relationships using facts, interactive activities, stories, visuals and resources.
Other topics are available upon request. To view other primary prevention programs go to Prevention Program Booklet
Raritan Valley Community College
SAFE in Hunterdon has been working collaboratively with staff, faculty, and students at Raritan Valley Community College to provide sexual assault prevention and awareness initiatives on the college campus.