Power-based violence is a term used to describe a form of violence in which someone uses power, control, manipulation and or coercion to harm another person.
Power-based violence can take many forms, which includes sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, child sexual abuse and other uses of threat, force or harassment. A friend, acquaintance, partner, people we are intimate with, strangers, family and other people, can perpetrate power-based violence. It can involve the use of drugs and alcohol and can happen anywhere such as in class, residence halls, home, and on and off campus. Power-based violence happens in every community regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and or ability.
Project S.A.F.E. is aware of the intricacies and the intersectionality of experiences that many survivors and differing communities may face. We educate through a strengths-based model of empowerment and lens of social justice. Check out some of the Project S.A.F.E. power-based violence prevention education curriculum below! If you are interested in learning more, stop by the Project S.A.F.E. office or contact Project S.A.F.E. prevention for more information.
Any form of unwanted sexual contact ranging from touching to rape. Any sexual contact without your permission and consent can include rape, groping, oral sex, and unwanted sexual encounters with other people.
- 1 in 5 college women
- 1 in 33 men
- 1 in 2 Bi and transgender students
Sexual violence can be an extremely traumatic and intimate experience. Our curriculum focuses on education about interpersonal and power-based violence, debunking rape myths, interactive exercises on the impact of media and masculinity in the movement, practicing consent and more.
(Office of Violence Against Women, Peace Over Violence)
Any behavior or action used to harm, control and intimidate a partner or previous partner. This can include grabbing, pushing, pinching, yelling, demeaning comments, hitting, strangling, not letting you spend time with friends or family, making you feel guilty for not spending time with your partner. If you our your friend need more information on assessing your safety and theirs, check out the One Love MyPlan App, safety is important.
- 1 in 5 college students have or will experience unhealthy relationships and or behaviors
- The Cycle of Power and Control
- Unhealthy Relationships Myths (i.e. Why don't they just leave!)
Project S.A.F.E. wants you to know that we genuinely want you to have positive and healthy relationships here at Oxy and after you leave. Project S.A.F.E. wants to inspire you to have healthy relationships through the 6 C's of a Healthy Relationship, adapted from a Peace Over Violence Healthy Relationships model. You deserve to live a life free from violence.
(Peace Over Violence and RAINN)
Any form of unwanted repeated behavior and actions that causes fear for one's safety and distress. This includes being followed, surveillance, inappropriate confrontations, unwanted emails and phone calls, FB messages, spreading of rumors, or damage to property.
- 3 out of 4 stalking survivors are stalked by someone they know
- Adults between the age of 18-24 experience the highest rate of stalking
- Stalking is illegal and its covered under the law
Stay safe! Project S.A.F.E. can offer you resources and education on ways to empower yourself and others to prevent stalking.
(Peace Over Violence and Stalking Resource Center)
While our curriculum may be diverse, there is one constant approach to our work, that is, empowerment. All of our programs include the facilitation of our Empowerment Model of Helping. We believe survivors are experts of their own lives, and with an array of resources and options at their hands, they are able to make the decisions that work for them.
- Survivor-Centered (We do not make or influence decisions for survivors)
- Sensitivity training/Crisis intervention
- Active Listening, Validation, Affirmation techniques
If you have experienced any form of the power-based violence mentioned above and would like more resources, find out more in Resources for Survivors or contact Karla Aguilar, our campus Survivor Advocate at (323) 259-1359 or firstname.lastname@example.org.