Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

University of Michigan Programs & Initiatives to Address Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Harassment Prevention

University of Michigan Programs & Initiatives to Address Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Harassment Prevention

The following is a list of programs and initiatives that the University of Michigan is spearheading to prevent sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment on the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels.

A Social Ecological Model:a framework for prevention


Understanding the Survivor

Why She Stays

“Why does she stay?”  This is a frequently asked question, but it is the wrong question.  Unfortunately, when people attempt to understand domestic violence, they often start by scrutinizing and evaluating the survivor.  This practice avoids looking at the behavior and intentions of the perpetrator of the violence, and it fails to hold the perpetrator accountable for his actions.  It also misses the essential task of examining the ways in which our culture condones, supports, and gives permission for battering.  In our victim-blaming society, we assume that it is the victim’s responsibility to not get victimized, rather than the perpetrator’s responsibility to not use violence.

Coverpage of Striving for Justice Toolkit


Defining Dating and Domestic Violence

State of Michigan Definitions

  • Domestic Violence 1st
  • Domestic Violence 2nd
  • Domestic Violence 3rd
  • Aggravated Domestic Violence
  • Assault With a Dangerous Weapon/Felonious Assault
Coverpage of Striving for Justice Toolkit

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