Intimate Partner Violence: Prevention Strategies
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious problem that has lasting and harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. The goal for IPV prevention is to stop it from happening in the first place.
Prevention efforts should ultimately reduce the occurrence of IPV by promoting healthy, respectful, nonviolent relationships. Healthy relationships can be promoted by addressing change at all levels of the social ecology that influence IPV: individual, relationship, community, and society.
CDC’s Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices [4.52 MB, 64 Pages, 508] highlights strategies based on the best available evidence to help states and communities prevent intimate partner violence, support survivors, and lessen the short and long-term harms of intimate partner violence. The strategies and their corresponding approaches are listed in the table below.
Preventing Intimate Partner Violence
|Teach safe and healthy relationship skills||
|Engage influential adults and peers||
|Disrupt the developmental pathways toward partner violence||
|Create protective environments||
|Strengthen economic supports for families||
|Support survivors to increase safety and lessen harms||
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services
This website is a collection of all the evidence-based findings and recommendations of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF). CPSTF recommends primary prevention interventions that aim to prevent or reduce intimate partner violence and sexual violence among youth. Evidence shows these interventions decrease perpetration of intimate partner violence and sexual violence and increase bystander action.
- Violence Prevention Evidence Base
This tool provides access to abstracts from published studies that have measured the effectiveness of interventions to prevent violence.
- CDC’s Extramural Research Program
CDC funds universities, medical centers and other outside organizations to conduct research related to IPV prevention.
- Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships
CDC’s teen dating violence prevention initiative seeks to reduce dating violence and increase healthy relationships.
- DELTA Impact
The Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Impact program funds State Domestic Violence Coalitions to implement strategies and approaches designed to prevent intimate partner violence while also funding local communities to do the same.