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Washington State Prevention Plan

2017 Sexual Violence Prevention Plan

We are pleased to present the 2017 Sexual Violence Prevention Plan, an update to the 2009 Sexual Violence Prevention Plan, Synergies. The period surrounding the development of the 2009 plan was the culmination of a shift in statewide focus away from risk reduction efforts, and toward perpetration reduction. The 2017 plan builds upon that transition. It emphasizes community-driven decision-making and encourages efforts to track and evaluate programs, which promote evidence-informed applications of prevention work statewide. Additionally, while Washington State pursues many ways to create a world free of sexual violence, this plan focuses on primary prevention. 

Leading this effort is the Washington State Department of Health, in partnership with the Department of Commerce's Office of Crime Victims Advocacy and the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. These three organizations make up the Prevention Steering Committee (PSC). 

Guiding Principles of Prevention

The Prevention Steering Committee (PSC), through a facilitated process, identified six principles that will guide statewide efforts to prevent sexual violence over the next five years. These guiding principles are the values that inspire the goals, strategies, and action steps identified in this plan. 

  • Comprehensive prevention programming
  • Community-led and culturally specifc prevention
  • Sustainable prevention efforts
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Intersectional approaches
  • Trauma-informed approaches

Prevention Goals

These goals provide strategic direction over the next five years, focusing the collective efforts of the many individuals and organizations working toward sexual violence prevention in our state.
Please see the full Prevention Plan to read the accompanying rationale and targeted action steps for both the state and local levels for each goal. 

  • Support the individuals, groups, and organizations that engage in building skills and shifting norms to prevent sexual violence. 
  • Implement comprehensive prevention stratetgies that address the culture of perpetration. 
  • Expand comprehensive prevention programming across the state.
  • Continue to develop and enhance evaluation of sexual violence prevention programming.
  • Increase utilization of state-level data.


To read the current version of the State Plan, you can either visit the Department of Health's website, or downloaded the PDF here.


2009 Sexual Violence Prevention Plan

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Synergies: Strategies for enhancing the capacity of organizations, communities, and individuals to prevent sexual violence in Washington State. 

A committee of state partners and stakeholders familiar with sexual violence prevention worked together to update the original 1997 State Prevention Plan. It identified the following goal: to change the norms, values, beliefs and attitudes that cause sexual violence through the shifting of ownership of solutions from social services to the community. Based on this overarching goal, members chose a blend of strategies to help prevention professionals improve their practices. These strategies included increasing partnerships, training on prevention promising practices, strengthening infrastructure, and strengthening program management.

Download the 2009 Report

Reviewed: December 5th, 2017