Prevention

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.

Nearly $1.5M 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:

This year, grants up to $5,000 are available. The deadline to apply for a Prevention Innovation Grant is December 14, 2018, 5pm.

2017-18 Prevention Innovation Grant Recipients

Group

Project Location

Project Title

Amount

Acadia First Nations Women's Group

Acadia FN

Honouring Mi'kmaq Men and Boys

$4,800.00

Acadia Student Services and Res Life

Wolfville

Acadia SVP Training Summit

$5,000.00

African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes

Halifax

Be Really Cool

$10,000.00

African United Baptist association and Imove

Halifax

Engage me!

$5,000.00

AIDS Coalition

Halifax

Totally Outright

$10,000.00

Ally Centre

Sydney

SWEEP

$7,456.00

Assembly of First Nations Regional office

Membertou

Msit NoKmaq: Indigenous Leaders addressing sexualized violence

$5,000.00

Association of Black Social workers

Halifax

Let's talk: culturally appropriate workshop series targeting sexualized violence

$5,000.00

Autism Nova Scotia

Halifax

Provincial roll-out of healthy relationships, sexuality and autism curriculum

$10,000.00

AWRC & SASA

Antigonish

The Blanket Exercise

$5,000.00

AWRC & SASA

Antigonish

Together we can

$9,000.00

Chebucto Community Development Association

Halifax

Healthy Development and Relationships Program

$9,500.00

Conway Workshop Association

Digby

Self-confidence, self-determination, sexuality and safety

$5,000.00

East Preston Family Resource Centre

East Preston

Taking a step back to go forward

$5,000.00

Folami Jones and KelleyAnne Malinen; Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax

I speak because I can: Addressing SV against women of African Descent

$9,998.94

HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development

Halifax

Raft Up: Working together for healthy masculinity

$10,000.00

LOVE: Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia

Halifax

Kesaluei Sipkne'katik

$10,000.00

Metro Works

Windsor

Violence intervention Prevention Education Services

$10,000.00

Millwood High School

Sackville

Enhancing capacity to reduce sexual violence

$3,000.00

Nova Scotia Native Women's Association

Truro

TBD

$10,000.00

NS Association for community living

Halifax

Spreading the word about healthy sexuality

$10,000.00

Pictou County Roots for youth

Pictou

Stopping the traffick in pictou county

$5,000.00

Potolotek First Nation

Potolotek

Honouring our men

$9,300.00

Potolotek First Nation

Potolotek

Honouring our sacred journey

$5,000.00

Residence Life, Saint Mary's University

Halifax

SMU Res Consent Project

$4,991.00

Sackville High School Student Support Group

Lower Sackville

Sackville High Girls on Fire

$3,880.00

Sexual Health Centre of Cumberland County

Amherst

Leveraging technology for sexual health

$10,000.00

Sexual health in the early years - sexuality educators network

Sydney

Creating a space for the early years community in SVP

$4,950.00

Shelburne County Youth Health and Support Association

Shelburne

Youth Taking Charge

$5,000.00

SHYFT Youth Services Society

Yarmouth

Worth a thousand

$3,120.00

Sydney Academy

Sydney

Girl on Fire

$3,880.00

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Youth Project Society

Halifax

LGBTQ+ Youth Talk Consent

$9,500.00

 

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
$5,000
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
Acadia Student UnionWolfvilleAcadia Student Union SVP Project$26,430
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