The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.
Research to Action
Research to ActionParticipatory Action Research (PAR) proved to be an effective tool for mobilizing communities for sexual violence prevention, promoting community dialogue about sexual violence and raising awareness about Project Envision’s efforts for primary prevention. The six community researchers collaborated with the Alliance to analyze the needs assessment data and prepare summary findings to share with stakeholder in their communities. See the summary findings, here: Participatory Community Needs Assessment
Sharing the research findings created another opportunity for community involvement. In fall 2009, the three Envision Coalitions planned report-back events in public spaces in their communities in order to share the findings and gather feedback from residents. “Returning” the knowledge to those who are researched is an essential component of PAR, and contributes to the community’s investment in Project Envision. The Coalitions shared the findings with a broad spectrum of community stakeholders, including residents, policymakers and elected officials, community-based organizations and local media, all with the purpose of gathering feedback that would inform the design of prevention activities that “fit” the community.
Currently, the Alliance is providing the Coalitions with ongoing training and technical assistance to design, implement, monitor and evaluate prevention programs that reflect the community needs, assets and opportunities for prevention described in the research findings. The three community-specific programs will address the social norms—unchallenged attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and behaviors—that contribute to sexual violence by offering prevention activities that operate on multiple levels of the Spectrum of Prevention.
Please check back for more information (coming soon!) on the community-specific prevention programs being designed in the South Bronx, the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.