HCWC offers community education and informational presentations on issues related to sexual abuse, child abuse, family violence, HCWC services, ways to get involved and more. Presentations can be tailored to your needs. We travel throughout Hays and Caldwell Counties to promote awareness and prevention education.
We have a wide range of presentations available, including:
Healthy Relationships, Consent, Bystander Intervention, Media Literacy, Gender Roles, Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting, the Dynamics of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, or Dating Violence, Policies/Organizational Practices, Self-compassion, Trauma and the Brain and more.
Request a presentation for community members and professionals
To arrange a presentation, please complete our online form Request for Public Education Presentation, or contact Melissa Rodriguez, Director of Development and Community Partnerships, by phone at (512) 396-3404 or email.
The prevention of intimate partner violence is integral to HCWC’s mission. The primary prevention of sexual violence is the work of attempting to stop perpetration of sexual violence before it occurs by building healthy communities and changing the attitudes and beliefs that support and normalize violence within our society. The Centers for Disease Control has declared interpersonal violence as a public health issue, and for this reason HCWC addresses prevention using a public health model.
Request education in YOUR community
- We offer a 9-session curriculum covering a range of topics that go over the issues related to Primary Prevention.
- We can be a part of a community or organizational coalition or advisory board that is focused on violence prevention.
Taking steps to help prevent sexual assault, domestic violence and dating violence, and child abuse is part of our mission. Though violence against intimate partners may seem like a couples or family issue, it’s actually a symptom of larger issues in our communities and society.
Risk-Reduction vs Primary Prevention
How often are girls and women told to safeguard themselves by traveling in groups, learning self-defense techniques or carrying a weapon with them to prevent themselves from potential harm. This is called Risk-Reduction, because it emphasizes reducing your own risk to violence. While it is a good idea for everyone to be aware of their surroundings and watch out for danger, telling girls and women to constantly be on the look-out for predators doesn’t prevent violence from happening in general.
To prevent violence from happening in the first place, we must take our messages to the potential perpetrators who choose to commit these awful acts. This is called Primary Prevention. Building healthier communities and challenging the attitudes and behaviors that normalize violence in our society is the only way to effectively prevent violence.
Learning that reduces violence
Sexism, racism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression and inequality feed into beliefs that perpetuate violence against others. By teaching skills related to consent, healthy relationships, building empathy, conflict resolution, and getting rid of strict gender codes, individuals are better-equipped to treat others respectfully and without violence. When families, schools, and communities adopt these non-violent attitudes, incidences of interpersonal violence decline.
HCWC’s Prevention Education Team leads educational groups in schools for a semester (6-12 weeks) covering a range of topics including:
Request violence prevention education for your school
If you would like a presentation in your community, organization, or school, please complete our online Primary Prevention Request form, or contact Brandon Pendleton, Primary Prevention Coordinator, by phone at (512) 396-3404.