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Community Education & Prevention

Violence Is Preventable

Sunrise is dedicated to the prevention of Interpersonal Violence before it ever happens. We believe that violence is not inevitable. Everyone deserves to live a life free from violence. Preventing initial incidences of violence requires the work of an entire community. The assistance of dedicated community members like you will make a difference, right here, in Pasco County. To see how you can get involved, please contact us below.

Our YCAT is a group of engaged high school students working together to create a safer community. YCAT is held every Wednesday from 3pm – 5pm at the Sunrise Administration Building and can serve as community service hours. For more information, please contact us

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After building a great foundation of prevention work at Saint Leo University through Green Dot, the prevention team received an opportunity to expand programming at the university.


S: Promote Social Norms that Protect Against Violence 

T: Teach Skills to Prevent Sexual Violence

O: Provide Opportunities to Empower and Support Girls

P: Create Protective Environments

SV: Support Victims/Survivors to Lessen Harms

What do we mean by Prevention?


Primary prevention is any action, strategy or policy that prevents intimate partner violence from initially occurring. Primary prevention seeks to reduce the overall likelihood that anyone will become a victim or a perpetrator by creating conditions that make violence less likely to occur. Prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV) focuses on preventing first-time perpetration and first time victimization.

Secondary and Tertiary prevention (often called intervention, or prevention) are efforts to identify and address early signs of abuse or abusiveness (secondary) or even to change individuals who are already abused or abusive (tertiary) in order to reduce the consequences of abuse and prevent recurrence.

Prevention through Social Change

Primary prevention is about preventing intimate partner violence before it begins. Part of this requires changing community attitudes and values that promote violence (gender stereotypes, etc.), and societal norms (legislative policy, laws, etc.) that allow domestic violence to persist.


We know that intimate partner violence is promoted through many forms of oppression, including sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, etc. Fortunately, we can collaborate with those working for social change in these areas. Together, we build a safer, more just and enriching society.

Community Education

Sunrise offers specialized trainings for professional groups upon request. Please contact us below for more information or to request a speaker.

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