October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 28, 2019

We are strengthening programs that support domestic violence and sexual assault survivor services, improving education and response programs, and changing policies.



Campus Climate Survey Validation Study

Colleges and universities are beginning to address sexual and domestic violence by conducting web-based campus climate surveys to understand the true prevalence and nature of sexual assault on campuses. Increasing participation in campus wide surveys ensures that the student body is accurately represented and expands effective and accountable prevention and response programs. RTI International evaluated the Campus Climate Survey Validation Study, and analyzed the correlation between survey period length and incentive amounts with student response, representativeness, and data estimate precision.(4)

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships RTI International assessed the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships multicomponent initiative that discusses healthy relationships, conflict resolution skills, gender stereotypes, and teen dating violence with 11- to 14-year-olds. (5)

Men Can Stop Rape: Men of Strength Club

Committed to reducing acts of violence committed by men against women, the Men Can Stop Rape’s (MCSR): Men of Strength (MOST) Club uses a 20-week after-school violence prevention curriculum that is grounded in a positive youth development framework by using the Social Influence Model (6) to engage young men as agents of change to promote healthy masculinity. RTI International is currently conducting a rigorous evaluation of the program. (7)

#TakeAStand is a call to action by the NCADV (8), to have a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence every day, not just in October.



  1. Rainn. (2019). About Sexual Assault. Retrieved from https://www.rainn.org/about-sexual-assault
  2. Smith, S.G., Zhang, X., Basile, K.C., Merrick, M.T., Wang, J., Kresnow, M., Chen, J. (2018). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2015 Data Brief – Updated Release. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  3. James, S. E., Herman, J. L., Rankin, S., Keisling, M., Mottet, L., & Anafi, M. (2016). The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Washington, DC: National Center for Transgender Equality
  4. Berzofsky ME, Langton L, Krebs C, Lindquist C, Planty M. (2019). Methods for Improving Representativeness in a Web Survey on Sexual Assault Among College Students. J Interpers Violence34(23-24), 4838-4859.
  5. Cutbush, S., Williams, J., Miller, S. (2016). Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Bullying Among Middle School Students: Examining Mediation and Moderated Mediation by Gender. Prevention Science, 17(8), 1024-1033.
  6. Dorn, F. J. (1984). The social influence model: A social psychological approach to counseling. Personnel & Guidance Journal, 62(6), 342-345.
  7. Kan, M. (2019). Evaluating the Prevention Effects of Men of Strength (MOST) Clubs on Sexual Violence and Teen Dating Violence Perpetration. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), National Institute of Health
  8. NCADV. (2019). Take Action. Retrieved from https://ncadv.org/take-action