Jan 21, 2014

Ohio can't do primary domestic violence prevention

Ohio has set up a new portal for "evidence-based" prevention here.

When you dig into the documents, it's clear that true primary prevention is impossible, because there is no funding for it. Primary prevention is addressed to the community at large. It involves work that changes people's attitudes, or changes the environment in some way, in order to reduce the impact of a social problem.

Consider violence as an example. Violence in the home is extremely destructive. It begets further violence, and is the origin of much of the trauma that leads to addiction and depression. Family violence reflects general attitudes and customs. It takes culture change to affect what happens in homes. People must commit to thinking about themselves differently, and acting differently, in their homes and in family life.

The authors of Ohio's plan for preventing violence in the home admit that they can't support that.
Given the conditions and resources that currently exist in Ohio, SV/IPV prevention efforts are insufficient to meet the growing need to incorporate a primary prevention model that will change social norms.
If this is true for domestic violence, it must also be true for other big issues.What does it really take to put together an effort to change desrtuctive aspects of our culture?

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