Building Bridges Across the California Ecosystem to Prevent Gender-Based Violence

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In April 2023, VALOR collaborated with the Center on Gender Equity and Health at the University of California, San Diego, the California Department of Public Health, and the Blue Shield of California Foundation to host a one-day forum to gather advocates, researchers, and policymakers invested in preventing gender-based violence. This white paper outlines tangible steps our communities can be taking to work towards the shared vision of a California free from gender-based violence, as identified by forum participants.

Gender-based violence prevention takes time and sustained funding. This white paper outlines four key primary avenues that preventionists, policymakers, and funders can take to further gender-based violence prevention work:

  • A coalition for Research to Action work on GBV is needed, inclusive of researchers, practitioners, and policy experts, along with metrics regarding targets of success for GBV prevention.
  • High quality and inclusive data should help drive GBV-related policy decision-making.
  • Prioritization of culturally specific, community-led GBV prevention is needed across GBV funding, the generation of research evidence, and GBV prevention policies and practice.
  • Ongoing state, foundation, and philanthropic investments to support prevention work is essential.

While the forum focused specifically on prevention within California, the strategies and calls to action that participants identified can be applied in communities across the U.S. Learn more about the forum and access the white paper from VALOR.

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