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The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

screen shot 2020 06 30 at 3.32.21 pmThe public health approach to violence prevention distinguishes prevention efforts based on the timing in which they apply. Whereas primary prevention occurs before a sexual assault occurs, both secondary and tertiary prevention occurs after a sexual assault has occurred. Tertiary prevention focuses on thwarting long-term impacts and consequences of sexual assault in later life. Specifically, tertiary prevention aims to reduce, mitigate, and lessen the negative consequences of violence through treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of future victimization/perpetration. Click on the following links to access recommendations and suggestions specific to primary and secondary prevention of sexual assault in later life.

Authors: Amy Peirone, PhD & Myrna Dawson, PhD


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