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Primary Prevention and Awareness Programs
Primary prevention programs consist of programming, initiatives, policies, and strategies informed by research or assessed for value, effectiveness, or outcome that are intended to stop dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking before they occur through the promotion of positive and healthy behaviors which foster healthy, mutually respectful relationships and sexuality, encourage responsible and safe bystander intervention, and seek to change behavior and social norms in healthy and safe directions. Awareness programs consist of community-wide or audience-specific programming, initiatives, and strategies that increase knowledge and share information and resources to prevent violence, promote safety, reduce perpetration, and promote a healthy and responsible socialization. They also include contact information about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available both on-campus and in the community.
Ongoing Prevention and Awareness Campaigns
Ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns consist of programming, initiatives, and strategies that are sustained over time and focus on increasing understanding of topics relevant to, and skills for addressing, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, using a range of strategies with audiences throughout LWTech.
Bystander Intervention
Bystander intervention consists of safe, responsible, and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. It also includes recognizing situations of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene.
Risk Reduction
Risk reduction consists of options designed to decrease perpetration and bystander inaction and to increase empowerment for victims to promote safety and responsibility and to help individuals, students, employees, and the college community address conditions that facilitate violence.
Procedure for Reports of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence or Stalking Written information provided to victims including:
1. The preservation of evidence to assist in proving the alleged criminal offense or obtaining a protective order
2. How and to whom an alleged offense will be reported
3. Options for the involvement of law enforcement and campus authorities
4. The victim’s rights and institution’s responsibilities for orders of protection
5. All the services available to victims including counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration services, etc.
6. Options for, and available assistance in, changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations, regardless of whether the victim reports the crime to law enforcement or not
7. Explanation of rights and options
8. Procedures for institutional disciplinary action in cases of alleged dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking

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