Rape and Sexual Assault

COMING SOON!

Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Grant

Rape Prevention and Education Funding will be available soon. The funding will provided to communities to implement primary prevention strategies that reduce sexual violence perpetration in the state of Utah, including childhood sexual violence, particularly in underserved communities, with a focus on community-level approaches and shared risk and protective factors.

The VIPP approaches sexual violence from a public health perspective – recognizing that primary prevention, including efforts to change cultural norms, behaviors, and practices – is essential to create a community climate free from violence. Priority strategies and approaches for the RPE funding follow guidance from CDC. All proposed approaches must include primary prevention strategies. There will be a required emphasis on community-level approaches - this means approaches that aim to change the characteristics and conditions of the environments in which communities live, work, and play to make perpetration of violence less likely. The CDC’s STOP SV Technical Package outlines the best available evidence for the prevention of sexual violence. The prioritized approaches for this funding include: promoting social norms that protect against violence; providing opportunities to empower and support women and girls; and creating protective environments. The UDOH will be particularly interested in work that incorporates shared risk and protective factor frameworks and shared strategies with collaborating partners from various sectors to impact multiple health outcomes and multiple forms of violence.

 

Application Details

Expected Application Open: February 11, 2019

Expected Application Deadline: 11:59PM, April 7, 2019

Approximately $400,000 per year for 5 years is expected to be available and it is anticipated that there will be 5-10 awards. Please note: This amount is subject to change.    

 

 

Eligibility Details

1. Applicants must be governmental or non-profit organizations, located in the state of Utah.

2. Applicants must demonstrate a clear understanding of primary prevention.

3. Previous awardees MUST be in good standing with the UDOH/VIPP by demonstrating that they have submitted any required documentation and reports in a timely manner and are showing satisfactory progress on any current contracts.

4. An applying agency must abide by the UDOH General Provisions. The RFP Review Committee reserves the right to deny funds to those organizations that do not meet the requirements of this grant.

5. More information to come!


Have some questions?

The VIPP will host a pre-application orientation web conference in February (dates TBD). There will also be a Q&A document available on the website to answer questions that have been received from applicants. For urgent matters, please contact Megan Waters, (385)272-6214, mewaters@utah.gov.

What is primary prevention?

The CDC defines sexual assault primary prevention as “approaches and activities that take place before sexual violence has occurred to prevent initial perpetration or victimization.”

The working definition of sexual violence prevention for the RPE program is population-based or environmental and system-level strategies, policies and actions that prevent sexual violence from initially occurring. Such prevention efforts work to modify and/or entirely eliminate the events, conditions, situations, or exposure to influences (risk factors) that result in the initiation of sexual violence and associated injuries, disabilities, and deaths. Additionally, sexual violence prevention efforts address perpetration, victimization, and bystander attitudes and behaviors; and seek to identify and enhance protective factors that impede the initiation of sexual violence not only in at-risk populations, but also the community at large.

Social Ecological Model

The social ecological model allows incorporation of risk and protective factors from multiple domains. The model not only addresses an individual’s risk factors, but also the norms, beliefs, and social and economic systems that create the conditions for the occurrence of sexual violence.

  • Individual: The first level identifies biological and personal history factors that increase the likelihood of becoming a victim or perpetrator of violence. Some of these factors are age, education, income, substance use, or history of abuse.
  • Relationship: The second level includes factors that increase risk because of relationships with peers, intimate partners, and family members. A person's closest social-circle peers, partners, and family members influence their behavior and contributes to their range of experience.
  • Community: The third level explores the settings, such as schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods, in which social relationships occur and seeks to identify the characteristics of these settings that are associated with becoming victims or perpetrators of violence.
  • Societal: The fourth level looks at the broad societal factors that help create a climate in which violence is encouraged or inhibited. These factors include social and cultural norms. Other broad societal factors include the health, economic, educational and social policies that help to maintain economic or social inequalities between groups in society. “Sexual Violence Prevention: Beginning the Dialogue” identifies concepts and strategies, including use of the social ecological model, that may be used as a foundation for planning, implementing, and evaluating sexual violence primary prevention activities.