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The Antiviolence Partnership

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Partnership Project Teams

Project Safe Choices: Challenging Young Men’s Violence, is a coordinated community response approach to addressing violence reduction with young men in the 12-17 age range. Part of the Domestic Abuse Education Program, based in Burlington, the Project provides educational groups and programming and school-based trainings in several counties in the northwestern and central regions of the state. During the past year, the Anti-Violence Partnership collaborated with DAEP Project Safe Choices team to assist in the development of a state-funded evaluation project to help the agency measure the efficacy and potential expansion and replication of the model.  For more information, go to the website

AVP was responsible for the initial five year implementation of  The Vermont Approach: A Strategic Plan for Comprehensive, Collaborative Sexual Violence Prevention in Vermont(PDF), unveiled at an April 2006 event with policymakers and stakeholders, providing a conceptual framework for defining sexual violence prevention statewide.  The 2010/11 Annual Report to the Legislature from the Vermont Approach (PDF) and The Vermont Approach Fifth Year Final Report (PDF) summarize project activities, evaluation and recommendations for the work going forward. Project products include the following:

  1. The 2008 report A Snapshot of Sexual Violence Prevention Education in Vermont (PDF)
  2. The 2009 report The Early Childhood Educator Listening Project (PDF)
  3. The Technical Assistance Resource Guide created to assist Vermont Pre K-12 schools incorporate sexual violence prevention into health education can be found on the Vermont Department of Education website at
  4. The 2011 summary of focus groups discussion on the topic News Media and Sexual Violence in Vermont (PDF)
  5. The Fifth Year Evaluation Report (PDF)

For additional information, contact Susan Roche at 802-656-1200 or


University of Vermont Department of Social Work Anti-Violence Partnership Education

This project facilitates knowledge transfer across three levels of social work education (BSW, MSW foundations & concentration) and curricular areas (practice, policy, research, and field education). Last summer MSW students participated in a new elective entitled Social Work and Social Movement Approaches to Violence and Human Rights. This academic year nine BSW and MSW students integrated and applied their field and classroom learning together in a AVP field seminar focused on violence, human rights, social and economic justice, and social work practice. Five MSW students completed Final Projects on school based violence, and bearing witness to those who have experienced violence, and one MSW student completed her advance practice field practicum in the AVP. An undergraduate completed an independent study on school based violence prevention, and another was awarded an undergraduate research grant to study the reporting practices of college student sexual violence survivors. Instruction and coordination have been provided by Susan Roche, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work and practitioners in Anti-Violence Partnership organizations.

Collaboration with the Anti-Violence Partnership

Fostering and supporting community collaboration in anti-violence efforts is a major goal of the Anti-Violence Partnership (AVP). We are interested in helping communities statewide to collaborate as a way of stretching scarce resources so that anti-violence work can continue to have a strong and vital presence. AVP will enter into collaborative arrangements with other organizations that have compatible goals, to strengthen the efforts of both organizations. We can:

  • Provide information, consultation and technical assistance; AVP members are knowledgeable regarding community modles of anti-violence efforts.
  • Link projects to resources with expertise in planning, implementing, administering, and evaluating projects with an anti-violence component.
  • Partner on collaborative grant applications.

The following principles guide AVP and potential collaborators in pursuing joint efforts:

  1. Collaborations support unified approaches aimed at understanding, changing, and preventing violence and the acceptance of violence.
  2. Collaborations include at least 2 organizations in addition to AVP.
  3. Collaborations promote AVP core values of safety, restoration, accountability and justice.
  4. Collaborations work to advance the right to personal safety, and promote the community's responsibility and capacity to ensure that right.
  5. Collaborations promote meaningful victim/survivor participation in the planning, implementation, and evaluation processes.
  6. Collaborations demonstrate norms characterized by mutual respect, recognition of the knowledge, expertise and resource capacities of all the participants, flexibility in ways of working together, and shared responsibility.
  7. Collaborations disseminate findings in ways that will be useful and accessible to the community.
  8. The project design must be approved by the Anti-Violence Partnership Steering Committee.

Process for forming collaborative relationship with the Anti-Violence Partnership

The first step in forming a collaborative relationship with the Anti-Violence Partnership is to contact the AVP Coordinator to discuss the nature of the collaboration desired. If there is agreement to proceed with a more formal relationship, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) can be written. The contents of the MOU should address:

  • Desciption of the collaborative project.
  • Identification of partners involved, and a brief description of each organization's mission, goals, and values.
  • A description of each partner's involvement in the collaboration in terms in roles and responsibilities.
  • How partners will conduct periodic review and modification of the collaborative relationship.

Inquiries contact: Anne Liske, Coordinator at

(802) 656-4322



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