Maybe you or someone you know has experienced violence, or maybe you saw a film or a speaker and now you want to do something about violence.

Prevention of gender-based violence through outreach and education is one of the main activities of AVP. Knowledge is power, and increasing awareness of the issue is one of the most effective ways to create social change.

How can I get involved in prevention?

Volunteering with us or another community organization is a great way to get involved in prevention efforts. Increasing your own understanding about the impact and root of causes of gender-based violence by attending an AVP workshop is a great way to get started.

Some prevention ideas:

Inspired by: the work by many others, including Project Respect, Jackson Katz and the White Ribbon Campaign.

  • Learn about gender-based violence and all forms of violence – and make the connections. Racism, sexism, colonialism, gender-based violence, homophobia, ableism, classism, transphobia – all are forms of violence and are connected.
  • Educate yourself and listen to people in your life who have different experiences of violence, read anti-violence blogs, books and other resources, attend workshops or events.
  • Take responsibility for how much power you have, how much space you take up and your actions and behaviours. Learn about the connection between privilege and violence. Do you contribute to or oppose violence with your actions, words or silence?
  • Start a discussion group, engage with people in your life or in your community and in whatever you do, about myths, oppressive norms or stereotypes, about gender, class, race and more. Find a way to ensure that your own learning continues while also sharing the knowledge you have or gain.
  • Take action against all forms of violence when you are able to oppose it (with care for your own safety). Speak up when you hear violent or oppressive language or comments.
  • Learn about myths and bust them when someone is speaking them or when something is promoting them.
  • Ensure that you practice consent in your relationships.
  • Contribute to shifting and changing the culture of violence that exists. Refuse to purchase or fund violent messages or products. Confront violent attitudes when possible and hold everyone to a higher standard of behaviour and action. Take part in groups that actively oppose violence. Significant change is possible when we take collective responsibility for shifting the violent norms that exist.