Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV)
What is Primary Prevention?
The Sitka DELTA (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances) project is one of four primary prevention sites in Alaska working to promote healthy relationships. This program, funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a comprehensive primary prevention program which aims to prevent violence before it ever starts. By creating environments supportive of positive social and emotional development, we CAN prevent violence from occurring. Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Dillingham are the four DELTA prevention sites in Alaska. These sites rely heavily on the expertise and guidance of the Director of Prevention projects, Lori Grassgreen, at the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) in Juneau, AK and the Empowerment Evaluator, Wendi Siebold, in Seattle, WA. Alaska is one of 14 states to receive federal funding for primary prevention.
How does primary prevention differ from secondary or tertiary prevention?
Primary prevention is different from secondary prevention in that it focuses on action before there is ever a threat of violence. It works across the socio-ecological model to bring about change in individuals, relationships, communities, and societies. DELTA coordinators across the state are working with their fiscal organizations and community coalitions to generate comprehensive prevention plans aimed at changing social norms to ones where perpetuating intimate partner violence is unacceptable.Click here for Prevention Approaches