Women's Health Portal

Violence Prevention

Last Updated: August 02, 2018

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One of four women in the United States experiences violence from an intimate partner.  Intimate partner violence includes domestic abuse, sexual assault, verbal and emotional abuse, coercion, and stalking.  Violence and abuse can cause physical and emotional problems that last long after the abuse. Every woman has the right to live her life safely and free of violence. 

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious problem that affects people from all backgrounds.   Knowing how to identify warning signs and the promotion of healthy relationship behaviors are essential tools for dealing with this problem.  The following links provide information on risk factors, prevention strategies, resources and programs to protect you and your loved ones from domestic violence. 

Intimate Partner Violence External Link  (CDC) Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. The goal is to stop IPV before it begins. This link provides information on prevention of IPV.   

Domestic Violence and Abuse  External Link (non-government) Website provides information to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship and resources to get help. 

National Domestic Violence Hotline External Link  (non-government) Highly-trained advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.

Violence Prevention (APHC) Resources on workplace violence and domestic violence prevention. 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services & the Administration for Children & Families External Link The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. We promote the economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals and communities with leadership and resources for compassionate, effective delivery of human services.

Sexual Assault

The Department of Defense has taken a strong stance against sexual assault; it is a crime and it will not be tolerated.  Our leaders are committed to maintaining a culture that rejects sexual assault and reinforces prevention and accountability. 

DOD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) External Link The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) is responsible for oversight of the Department's sexual assault policy. SAPRO works hand-in-hand with the Services and the civilian community to develop and implement innovative prevention and response programs.  

Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program External Link The SHARP Program's mission is to reduce with an aim toward eliminating sexual offenses within the Army through cultural change, prevention, intervention, investigation, accountability, advocacy/response, assessment and training to sustain the All-Volunteer Force. The Army's SHARP Program:

  • Is an integrated, proactive effort by the Army to end sexual harassment and sexual assault within its ranks
  • Permeates the Army structure from the Pentagon down to the individual Soldier level
  • Has full-time staff at brigade level
  • Promotes cultural change across the Army with a vision toward a culture of discipline and respect in which Soldiers intervene in sexual harassment and sexual assault to protect one another
  • Includes a comprehensive effort to educate leaders and Soldiers about sexual harassment and sexual assault
  • Employs a concrete training program that teaches Soldiers to be alert to serial offender tactics, to intervene to stop incidents and disrupt offenders, and where and how to seek help
  • Provides commanders with the essential resources, education and training they need to succeed in bringing an end to sexual harassment and sexual assault in the Army

Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment (APHC) Link provides sexual assault and sexual harassment information and prevention resources.