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Project Envision Phases & Stakeholders

Phases of the Project

Because the Alliance grounds all of its work in research, our prevention project began with a year of laying the groundwork. This included familiarizing ourselves and rape crisis programs with primary prevention and community mobilization and led to conducting rapid assessments in eleven communities throughout NYC where participating rape crisis programs have a presence. The Alliance believes that communities are in different stages of readiness for primary prevention. Community readiness is the degree to which a community is prepared to take action on a particular health or social issue (Oetting, et al, 1995). Interventions must be challenging enough to move a community forward, but efforts that are too ambitious are likely to fail because community members will not be able to respond (Plested, et al., 2005).

Based on the data from the community readiness assessments from 18 communities, and agreed-upon criteria (including the need for varied geographic location and demographic profiles), the Alliance and the 11 rape crisis programs selected three sites to implement prevention projects:

1. Lower East Side, Manhattan
2. South Bronx
3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn

In June 2008, the rape crisis programs leading this project were divided into three teams, each of which mobilized community members in the three selected communities. The Alliance provided training and technical assistance to the rape crisis programs as they engaged in this work. 2009 has been focused on identifying key stakeholders (policy makers, organizations, community leaders, and members) who share a common interest in ending sexual violence, building a community coalition among these leaders, and partnering with community members to assess their needs regarding sexual violence prevention.

Phase I
Phase II
Phase III
Phase IV
Phase V

Community readiness assessment

Community selection
Partnership development

Coalition building

Community needs assessments
Development and testing of interventions Implementation of Interventions Evaluation of hypothesis and outcomes

For more information, contact the ENVISION project lead at envision@svfreenyc.org.

Download and read about the findings from our community-based research on sexual violence prevention in the three Project ENVISION communities here.


Project Stakeholders

The Rape Crisis Programs leading the community coalitions for Project ENVISION are:

1. Lower East Side, Manhattan
Bellevue Hospital Rape Crisis Program
Beth Israel Hospital Rape Crisis Program
Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center
Safe Horizon

2. South Bronx
Bronx District Attorney’s Office, Crime Victims Unit
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
Mt. Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program
New York Presbyterian Hospital Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies Program
St. Luke’s Crime Victim’s Treatment Center
Safe Horizon

3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
St. Vincent’s Hospital Rape Crisis Program
Safe Horizon
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center