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Priority Poll Results: Mapping Trends in Prevention

This is a guest blog post by Karla Vierthaler, Advocacy and Resources Director at the NSVRC.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center is proud to announce the results of our biannual Priority Poll. Earlier this year, we asked all state and territory coalitions and state departments of health to participate in an online survey. The goal of the survey was to identify the priorities of their sexual violence prevention work.


The survey was a two part process. This first part was an online poll that gathered user-identified top priorities around sexual violence prevention:

  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Program Management
  • Intervention*

Based on these responses, we followed up with a second poll where responders identified their top three priorities in each category.

Using this data, we created the following resources:

  • Prevention Priorities
  • Research Priorities
  • Priorities of State and Territory Sexual Violence Coalitions

Surprising Results

What was surprising about the results is that the priorities were the same across categories.  Looking at the results from each poll, it was difficult to identify which one is Prevention Priorities, Research Priorities, and Priorities of State and Territory Sexual Violence Coalitions.

  1. Social Norms Change
  2. Primary Prevention
  3. Bystander Intervention


  1. Social Norms Change
  2. Access to services for culturally specific, underserved and unserved populations
  3. Trauma informed care


  1. Culturally relevant prevention strategies
  2. Primary prevention strategies
  3. People who commit sexual violence/Recidivism

These results illustrate the need for work around social change -- which is primary prevention. Social change calls for bystander intervention work and more culturally relevant research around people who commit sexual violence -- which is a trauma-informed approach.

Proudly, this is work NSVRC is doing! These priority areas reflect the work we have been doing, and will be sure to continue doing. We encourage those who are able to participate in the poll to do so, we do take the results seriously and incorporate the feedback we receive into the work we do. 

Next Steps

In the coming months, please keep an eye out for these resources:

  • Primary Prevention Primer: an eLearning tool
  • Case Study: Culturally Relevant Evaluation of Prevention Efforts
    • Part I. Walking in Balance with All Our Relations: A Violence Prevention Curriculum for Indigenous People
    • Part II. Evaluating the Curriculum Effectiveness

The results of this survey will be used to advise future NSVRC work in developing resources, campaigns, trainings, technical assistance, and policy advocacy.  It also will help define upcoming partnerships and activities with sexual violence researchers, funders, and others. 

Please share any questions and/ or suggestions for a resource you’d like to see by commenting below.

*NSVRC did not ask state and territory departments of health about program management and intervention priorities as that is not relevant to their Rape Prevention and Education grants from the CDC).

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