The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has been addressing sexual violence by implementing population-based approaches since 1997. The Sexual Violence Prevention and Education (SVPE) Program works with local communities and schools in implementing comprehensive and evidence-based approaches designed to decrease the first-time perpetration of sexual violence through community mobilization, environmental, policy and social norms change strategies. The program also partners closely with other state agencies and national organizations to integrate issues related to sexual violence prevention. To ensure the highest quality of programming, KDHE invests in a robust program of evaluation and continuous quality improvement.
KDHE receives funding and technical guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Rape Prevention and Education Program and the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. Work of the SVPE Program has most recently been driven by the CDC’s STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence.
Partners are critical to the success of the SVPE Program. Reducing violence requires work with diverse stakeholders across many sectors and at multiple levels. A five-year plan was created by the Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Planning and Advisory Committee which is comprised of a group of individuals dedicated to preventing sexual and domestic violence. This stakeholder group has representatives from state government, local prevention coalitions, businesses, victim services providers, law enforcement, institutions of higher learning, family and adolescent health. This committee is brought together through a joint effort between SVPE and the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
This program is supported by Cooperative Agreement 1 NUF2CE002495 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.