New York State Center for Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Training and Technical Assistance

SVP helps agencies in New York State implement community-level primary prevention strategies to reduce the occurrence of sexual violence in priority populations.

Sexual violence is a serious public health problem that affects every community and people across identity and experience. The field of sexual violence prevention has emphasized the importance of “primary prevention,” which means stopping violence before it begins. By taking this approach, regional centers (also known as rape prevention education or RPE programs) address the ways individual, relational, community, and societal factors impact sexual violence. These strategies move beyond outdated victim-blaming attitudes and instead emphasize efforts to change communities, shift social norms, and create cultures of nonviolence, equity, and safety for all.

The initiative

CAI helps the New York State Department of Health, regional centers, and key community partners build capacity and skill to develop, deliver, and evaluate programs that prevent sexual violence. We do this by providing training, technical assistance, resources, and expertise.

Six regional centers across New York State receive funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement comprehensive and evidence-based/informed prevention in 17 counties with the highest rates of sexual violence in New York. Each center implements prevention programs in community settings, such as schools, bars, and community-based organizations. By focusing on community-level change, the SVP program facilitates community partnership to shift social norms and cultivate communities that are free from violence. This is done through group education on primary prevention (e.g., bystander intervention training), social marketing campaigns, changing physical and social environments, and education on policy solutions that prevent sexual violence.

The impact

Ending sexual violence in communities requires a population-based approach that builds strategies to change community norms, decreases risk factors, and increases protective factors. Our Sexual Violence Prevention project supports these goals by building a comprehensive understanding of authentic community engagement that empowers community ownership and strengthens connections between all forms of oppression, recognizing how inequities create conditions that allow violence to occur. By championing this paradigm shift in the field of sexual violence prevention, providers gain the knowledge and expertise to create cultures of nonviolence and stop violence before it begins.

Project funder

Health Research, Incorporated and New York State Department of Health

Leadership and contact

Corbin Knight-Dixon, SVP Project Director:


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Coalition building

Emergent Strategy (by adrienne maree brown)
A book inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live.

Emergent Strategy: Organizing for Social Justice (by Tiago Forte, Forte Labs)
Tiago Forte’s summary and interpretation of the book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Worlds, Shaping Change by adrienne maree brown, is hoping to reach more people. Tiago paraphrases in his own words and incorporates some of his own experiences and learnings from the world of productivity and effectiveness.

Power Mapping & Analysis (by Anita Tang, The Commons Social Change Library)
A tool to guide your team through a power mapping analysis to inform your campaign strategy with a thorough picture of the players, and their power.

Tools for Campaign Planning (by Organizing for Power, Organizing for Change)
A tool to begin mapping your opponent’s world. Who do they care about? Who are they accountable to? What is the nature of the relationship?

10 Things You Need to Build Clever Coalitions by Gemma Mortensen, Stanford Social Innovation Review)
How to make collaboration work in a world of complex systems and exponential change.

Community engagement

Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy(by Chris Crass)
A book for activists engaging with dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change.

Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith(with Barbara Smith)
Reveals a remarkable woman’s life and her contributions to social justice movements related to Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and gay liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism.

Creating Culture: Promising Practices of Successful Movement Networks(by Mark Leach and Laurie Mazur, NPQ)
This article shares insights gleaned from inquiries into movement networks. Tensions and challenges that networks confront and offer some observations on how effective network leaders cope with them. And how those leaders foster a culture and mindset that is conducive to success.

Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World (by Michael Jacoby Brown)
Intended for individuals who want to start, strengthen, or revitalize a group to address a community issue, this indispensable guide includes a series of practical steps that help build a successful community organization and offers sample cases that more clearly illustrate each step.

MOU example (300 KB PDF) (by CAI)
An example of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between a school district and an RPE program.

Community-level prevention resources 

STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence (Division of Violence Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and CDC)
A select group of strategies that are based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to reduce sexual violence and its consequences.

Connecting the Dots (VetoViolence, CDC)
A useful interactive tool for thinking through different types of factors and risk/protective factors on different levels of the social-ecological model. The Principles of Prevention webinar and Connecting the Dots Brief may be particularly useful.

Smoke-Free Media Guide (20 MB PDF) (by CAI)
This Smoke Free Media Guide for Reality Check Coordinators provides information on how you can educate your community about on-screen tobacco use.

Community-level Prevention for RPE Leadership (by CAI)
A webinar and presentation slides regarding community-level and primary prevention of sexual violence for agency leadership.

Principles of Effective Prevention Programs (300 KB PDF) (by CAI)
A PDF document outlining effective sexual violence prevention principles.

VALOR – Advancing Equity. Ending Sexual Violence
ValorUS® is a national organization commuted to advancing equity and ending sexual violence.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
NSCRC provides research & tools to advocates working on the frontlines to end sexual harassment, assault, and abuse with the understanding that ending sexual violence also means ending racism, sexism, and all forms of oppression.

PreventConnect | A ValorUS PROJECT
The goal of PreventConnect is to advance the primary prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence by building a community of practice among people who are engaged in such efforts.

Prevention Institute
Prevention Institute’s mission is to build prevention and health equity into key policies and actions at the federal, state, local, and organizational level to ensure that the places where all people live, work, play, and learn to foster health, safety, and wellbeing.

Violence Prevention | Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is a significant problem in the United States that can have a profound impact on lifelong health, opportunity, and well-being. CDC works to understand the problem of sexual violence.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

INCITE! | Community Accountability
Community accountability is a community-based strategy, rather than a police/prison-based strategy, to address violence within our communities.

Healing Histories Project
Works in solidarity with many health and healing practitioners/workers by holding with dignity and respect the lives and communities they care for and by disrupting abuses of the state.

We, As Ourselves | Shaping the Narrative About Black Survivors
Black survivors have been a key part of defining moments to call out sexual violence. Yet, as movements to address sexual violence have emerged, Black survivors’ experiences and stories have gone underexamined- and worse, Black survivors have been silenced or received backlash when they speak out.

Creative Interventions
Creative Interventions believes that change can take place where violence first occurs- in relationships, families, and communities.

Curriculum resources 
A resource hub about ending violence. This site offers an introduction to transformative justice and includes articles, audio-visual resources, curricula, and more.

General resources

Rape Prevention and Education Curriculum List (NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence)
The current approved RPE curriculum for New York State.

Virtual Adaption Guidance for Sexual Violence Prevention Curriculum and Interventions (by CAI and NSVRC)
In order to meet the needs of the changing landscape of learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many curricula and interventions have provided virtual adaptation guidance and resources to their implementers.

School-based curriculum

While there are various group-education curriculum, those listed below are approved for implementation by the New York State Department of Health.

Bringing in the Bystander (BITB)

Dating Matters

Girl Circle

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)

Safe Dates

Shifting Boundaries

The Council for Boys and Young Men

Nightlife-based curriculum

Safer Bars

Sports-based curriculum

Athletes as Leaders
Coaching Boys into Men

Healthy schools 

Creating a Healthy School Environment: A Sexual Violence Prevention Toolkit for Schools (4.5 MB PDF) (by CAI)

This toolkit outlines a strategic process geared towards RPE funded staff to transform schools and eventually school districts in their communities to become healthier and safer. The goal of the toolkit is to prevent all forms of sexual violence, which is an all-encompassing term that includes all forms of unwanted sexual contact including sexual harassment, through a comprehensive approach that focuses on the entire school culture, which we refer to as ‘creating a healthy school environment.’

Know Your IX- A Project of Advocates for Youth

A survivor- and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools.

MOU example (300 KB PDF) (by CAI)

An example of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between a school district and an RPE program.

Social Emotional Learning

NYS Department of Education website resources

CDC Healthy Schools (WSCC)

CDC’s framework for addressing health in schools. The WSCC model is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices.

Stop Sexual Assault in Schools

Helps parents and allies find out what their schools are doing about sexual harassment. The website contains toolkits, video clips, fact sheets, and ways to make positive change in your community.


Equity Hiring Principles and Resources 
Tools on how to manage with an equity and inclusion lens by the Management Center.

Rape Prevention Education Sample Job Description (40 KB PDF) (by CAI)

Rape Prevention Education Interview Questions and Hiring Rubric (35 KB PDF) (by CAI, adapted by the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault)

Rape Prevention Education Onboarding Timeline Template (25 KB PDF) (by CAI)

Program planning 

Liberating Structures
This website offers an alternative way to approach and design how people work together. It provides a menu of thirty-three Liberating Structures to replace or complement conventional practices.

Social Transformation Project
This site is full of practical tools and information to drive transformative change. These resources were created for the Art of Transformational Consulting (ATC), a training for organizational development professionals, leaders and facilitators.

The Management Center
Helps leaders working for social change build and run more equitable, sustainable, and results-driven organizations.



Box breathing
How to calm feelings of stress or anxiety.

Grounding exercise 1

The 5-4-3-2-1 Method
A grounding exercise to manage anxiety.


Breath in-Breath out

De-Stress Monday

Breathe with the Shape

Clear Your Mind of All Distractions

Fill the Red Balloon with Your Stress

Coloring books

VOICES of HOPE Mindfulness Coloring Book

22 Healing Trauma Quotes + Free Mindful Colouring Sheets

Prevention Activity Packet

Fidget toys

18 Easy-to-Make Fidgets

Trainer’s Warehouse
Toys and fidgets to purchase

Social marketing

Social Marketing Webinar (Produced by CAI)

Social Marketing Webinars
Two-part webinar series on social marketing for advocacy organizations by Lauren Sogor, Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Implementing Social Marketing Toolkit
This University of Kansas Community Toolbox toolkit assists in developing a social marketing effort to promote adoption and use of innovations.

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) Assessing Campus Readiness
Supporting campuses in creating safe and respectful communities.

Community Readiness Handbook 
A handbook for successful change from the University of Colorado Tri-ethnic Center

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