Prevention, community outreach, and education at The Center for Hope and Healing are encompassed into one larger program: Hope Prevents.

The program title reflects the need for hope in all we do to prevent sexual violence at all levels.

Comprised of community organizing for three intentional groups: Engaging Men & Boys, the LGBQ/T communites, and Youth, Hope Prevents' goal is to raise awareness, co-create knowledge, and develop skills in reducing the impact of oppression and preventing sexual violence. Hope Prevents educates through community-led organizing, facilitating workshops/trainings and presentations, and providing resources using principles of effective prevention.

Grounded in the organizational mission and practices of multiculturalism for inclusive learning and social justice, Hope Prevents is a catalyst for activism and sustainable leadership through community building.

What is Prevention?

Stop violence or behavior before it happens.

Primary Prevention

Secondary Prevention

Tertiary Prevention

Before violence or behavior occurs, work on changing attitudes and norms that support it.
To intervene, prevent violence from happening again and deal with short-term consequences.
To "treat" after violence occurs, support, heal, and provide treatment to those involved.
Adapted from the Prevention Institute

Priority Populations

We aim to prioritize those that historically not been served: youth, primarily youth of color, LGBQ/T communities, refugees and immigrants, the people with disabilities. In knowing that 91% of men are perpetrators of sexual violence, we also prioritize engaging men and boys as allies against sexual violence because we know that they are statistically part of the problem and invaluable to the solution to ending sexual violence.
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If you would like to request a training/workshop or have any questions please email Community Impact Manager, Nikki Pelonia at or call 978-452-7721.