This systematic review examined 140 outcome evaluations of primary prevention strategies for sexual violence perpetration. The review had two goals: 1) to describe and assess the breadth, quality, and evolution of evaluation research in this area; and 2) to summarize the best available research evidence for sexual violence prevention practitioners by categorizing programs with regard to their evidence of effectiveness on sexual violence behavioral outcomes in a rigorous evaluation. It found two primary prevention programs and a policy initiative with strong evidence of effectiveness for reducing rates of sexually violent behavior:
- Safe Dates
- Shifting Boundaries, building-level intervention; and
- The 1994 U.S. Violence Against Women Act.
- Other approaches with a focus on bystander training and healthy relationships are also promising
Read NSVRC Key Findings for preventionists.