Sexual violence continues to remain hidden and victims are frequently blamed and stigmatized. Although it can sometimes seem too large to solve, we know that sexual violence is preventable.

With multiple organizations, groups and communities directing prevention initiatives, the responsibility of preventing sexual violence is shared by the collective community. With the long-term goal of reducing sexual violence, we must focus our approaches on ways to stop sexual violence from happening in the first place. This is called primary prevention.

Primary prevention approaches work to change environmental factors and social norms known to contribute to sexual violence (ex. sexism, media and marketing practices, technology, harmful use of alcohol, etc.), while also promoting healthy relationships, consent and fostering safer spaces and strong communities.

Over $1.2M has been awarded to groups across Nova Scotia through the Prevention Innovation Fund. This fund is meant to support community-based primary prevention initiatives, expand best practices, better research & evaluation, and better use of technology; assist youth groups to reach out to peers in innovative ways; support marginalized populations including African Nova Scotians, First Nations, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

Funded projects are working towards some of the following outcomes:


2016-17 Prevention Innovation Grant Recipients

GroupProject LocationProject TitleAmount
Annapolis Valley First NationAnnapolis Valley First NationPrevention of sexual violence through tradition, culture and dance$46,990
Autism Nova ScotiaProvince-wideAutism Sexual Education Project$50,000
Chebucto Community Development AssociationHalifaxHealthy Development and Relationships Program$47,855
Community Justice SocietyDartmouthThe HIVE Girls Group & Vignettes$28,441.98
Autumn HouseAmherstCommunity Bystander Empowerment Program$49,985
Eskasoni Mental Health & Dalhousie UniversityEskasoniBreak the silence: Be the change$48,458
Lea PlaceSheet HarbourTaking Action for Growth Project$5,000
Heartwood Centre for Community Youth DevelopmentHalifaxLoosen Up and Start Talking for "Grown Ups"$25,000
Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova ScotiaHalifaxISANS Breaking the Silence: Immigrant Youth Sexual Violence Project$50,000
L'Arche Atlantic RegionProvince-wideSEXCESS Supporting Sexuality and Healthy Relationships$5,000
LOVE: Leave Out Violence Nova ScotiaSipkne'katikKesaluei Sipkne'katik$35,750
LunaSea Theatre CompanyHalifaxSLUT The play$50,000
Nova Scotia Native Women's AssociationSydneySisterness Outreach Care Project; Increasing Safety for Mi'kmaq Women and Girls Gathering$28,784.13
Residence Life, Saint Mary's UniversityHalifaxSMU Res Consent Project$4,200
Sackville High School Student Support GroupSackvilleSackville High Girls on Fire$3,500
Second Story Women's Centre & Be the Peace InstituteLunenburgThe Pink Snowsuit Project$25,000
Sexual Health Nova ScotiaProvince-wideAFFIRMATIVE - Sexual Violence Prevention and Intellectual Disability$50,000
Shelburne County Youth Health and Support AssociationShelburnePaint n Chat$5,000
The Youth projectProvince-wideHealthy Relationship Education for LGBTQ + Youth$20,000
Youth Art ConnectionDartmouthIntergenerational Arts Mentorship (IAM)_ Youth Arts Leadership Project (YALP)$16,380
Youth Health Centre Advisory Hosting TeamSydney Mines"Opening our Eyes"$5,000
YWCA HalifaxSpryfieldSafetyNET Living Labs$30,591


2015-16 Prevention Innovation Grant Recipients

GroupProject LocationProject TitleAmount
AIDS CoalitionHalifaxTotally Outright in Nova Scotia$10,000.00
Alex Coley and Cameron UreHalifaxCampus Sexual Violence Prevention Workshop Training$4,954.00
Ally Centre of Cape BretonSydneySafer Stroll, Sex Workers in the Know$20,000.00
Antigonish Women's Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services AssociationAntigonishGirls Taking Action$5,000.00
Asia van BuurenAntigonishAddressing Gaps in Sexual Education with People with Disabilities$4,988.00
Avalon Sexual Assault CentreDartmouth NorthStronger and Safer Together: A community mobilization project in Dartmouth North$50,000
Boys & Girls Club of Whitney PierSydneyThe Project: Creative Solutions for Difficult Questions$11,000
Canadian Red CrossProvince WideBuilding Healthy Youth Relationships in Nova Scotia's First Nations Communities$30,500.00
Central Nova Women's CentreTruroEngaging Youth in a Violence Free Future$5,000.00
Centre for Housing and Residence Life, SMUHalifaxSMU Res Consent Project$2,500.00
Chebucto Community Development Association (CCDA)HalifaxBoys circles/Girls circles – Healthy Living 9$40,000.00
École Secondaire de ClareLa ButteBuilding healthy Relationships$5,000.00
Federation des Femmes Acadiennes du Nouvelle-Ecosse (FFANS)Province-wideThe Many Faces of Violence$50,000.00
HeartwoodHalifaxCultivating a Community Network for Working with Boys and Young Men$50,000.00
MacPhee Centre for Creative LearningDartmouthInside Out – Graphic Novels and Journals$31,730.00
Mawio'miokuom SocietyMembertouI Am a Kind Man Project & NWAC Youth Violence Prevention$5,000.00
Middleton Regional High SchoolMiddletonMiddleton Regional High School Gender and Sexuality Alliance$2,300.00
Millbrook Native Women's AssociationTruroPreventing Sexual Violence Against Mi’kmaw Youth$5,000.00
Millwood High SchoolLower SackvilleBringing in the Bystander$4,000.00
Music LiberatoryHalifaxWomen safe and sound$30,000.00
Northern AIDS Connection SocietyTruroLookOUT Photovoice$12,000.00
Nova Scotia Native Women's Association - SydneySydneyPreventing Sexual Violence Against Mi'kmaq Women through Cultural Practices$36,363.00
Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw NationPaqtnkekPaqtnkek Warriors – Young men resist Violence$46,000.00
Sexual Health Centre Lunenburg CountyBridgewaterSex Talks: Sexual Violence Prevention$5,000.00
Sheet Harbour Sexual Health CenterSheet HarbourHot Talks$5,000.00
South Shore Youth Advisory CommitteeBridgewaterGot Your Back$5,000.00
The Youth ProjectHalifaxEducating LGBTQ+ Youth$35,000.00
Valley African Nova Scotian Development Agency (VANSDA)KentvilleStepping Up$29,101.00
Waycobah First Nation / Antigonish Women's Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services AssociationWaycobah / AntigonishCommunity Engagement in Waycobah$33,384.00
YMCA of South West Nova ScotiaBridgewaterMedia Literacy & Digital Literacy$4,500.00
Youth Art ConnectionDartmouth NorthYouth Arts Leadership Project$22,250.00
Youth Truth Matters/Tri-County Women's CentreYarmouthMaking Your Mark Breaking the Silence$3,000.00
YWCAHalifax(YOLO-V) Youth On-line Overcome Violence / Girls Space ‘Zine$20,000.00