Free Session: Start by Believing: A Tool for Prevention

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 7, 2021

Alison Jones-Lockwood
Alison Jones-Lockwood
Training and Technical Assistance Specialist / Start by Believing Liaison
EVAWI

In April 2021, we are celebrating ten years since EVAWI first launched the Start by Believing campaign. Over the past decade, 554 US communities have launched campaigns, seeking to improve the way we respond to sexual and domestic violence, and thousands of people have made the pledge to Start by Believing. Campaigns have been launched in 23 other countries that we know of. During this session, we will discuss the ways in which Start by Believing can be viewed through the lens of prevention and reduce violence across the lifespan. Using stories from survivors, the presenter will share ways that Start by Believing can change justice and healing outcomes. We will also discuss how a positive response, such as believing the survivor, can prevent long-term health and healing consequences such as post traumatic stress disorder, suicide ideation, and autoimmune disease. We will also review preliminary evidence suggesting Start by Believing may have a positive impact on whether victims report or seek help.

Objectives

As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify at least 3 ways Start by Believing can be used as a tool to prevent future sexual assaults.
  • Examine the research on positive and negative responses to disclosures of sexual assault.
  • Recognize the long-term health consequences of sexual assault, and how Start by Believing can be used as a tool for the prevention of those consequences.
  • Explain the potential impact of Start by Believing on victim’s reporting and help seeking behaviors.

CONTINUING EDUCATION (NURSES ONLY)

EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641). 

Registered Nurses may purchase 1.25 contact hours after completing this webinar.


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