Violence prevention is tough with one type of violence in mind, let alone multiple types. Increasingly, violence prevention and public health practitioners are disrupting siloed, issue-specific approaches to create broader solutions that address multiple forms of violence at the same time. But coming together with distinct styles of communication, different community contexts, and multiple voices at the table with diverse priorities requires dedicated, creative thinking and collaboration—it’s challenging!
In March 2017, PreventConnect and CALCASA hosted a webinar facilitated by PI’s Lisa Fujie Parks and Alisha Somji: How Do We Connect the Dots? State and Local Approaches to Preventing Multiple Forms of Violence. Communities are now using the research from Connecting the Dots to bolster protective factors that buffer against violence (like community connectedness and positive social norms) and reduce shared risk factors that increase the likelihood of violence. On March 15, PreventConnect and PI hosted a panel-style web forum during which guests from state-level and local communities told the stories of how the process has unfolded on the ground.