(i) Short, key introductions to violence prevention

Note: For overviews of or key pieces on the effectiveness of violence prevention, please see the section titled “Key assessments and overviews of violence prevention practice”.


Ahrens, C., Dean, K., Rozee, P., & McKenzie, M. (2008). Understanding and preventing rape. In F. Denmark & M. Paludi (Eds.), Psychology of Women: A Handbook of Issues and Theories (pp. 509-554). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Publishing group.

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). (2004). Sexual Violence Prevention: Beginning the dialogue. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chamberlain, Linda. (2008). A Prevention Primer for Domestic Violence: Terminology, Tools, and the Public Health Approach. VAWnet: The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (March).

Cohen, L., and S. Chehimi. (2007). The imperative for primary prevention. In L. Cohen, V. Chavez & Sana Chehimi (Eds.) Prevention is Primary. Strategies for Community Well-being. (pp. 3-23). San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons.

Cohen, L., R. Davis, and C. Graffunder. (2006). Before it occurs: Primary prevention of intimate partner violence and abuse. In P. Salber and E. Taliferro (eds.) The Physician’s Guide to Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse. (pp. 89-100) Volcano, CA:Volcano Press.

DeGue, S., Valle, L. A., Holt, M. K., Massetti, G. M., Matjasko, J. L., & Tharp, A. T. (2014). A Systematic Review of Primary Prevention Strategies for Sexual Violence Perpetration. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19(4): 346–362.

Flood, Michael. (2014). Current Practices to Preventing Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence. In Critical Issues on Violence Against Women: International Perspectives and Promising Strategies, Eds Holly Johnson, Bonnie S. Fisher, and Véronique Jaquier, Routledge (pp. 209-220).

Graffunder, C.M., Noonan, R.K., Cox, P. & Wheaton, J. (2004). Through a public health lens. Preventing violence against women: An Update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Journal of Women’s Health, 13(1), 5-14.

Harvey, A., C. Garcia-Moreno, and A. Butchart. (2007). Primary Prevention of Intimate-partner Violence and Sexual Violence. Background paper for WHO Expert Meeting, May 2–3, 2007.

Jewkes, R. (2014) What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls? Evidence Review of Effectiveness of Response Mechanisms in Preventing Violence against Women and Girls. UK: Department for International Development.

Kelly, Liz, (2005). Promising Practices Addressing Sexual Violence. Expert Group Meeting, Violence Against Women: Good practices in combating and eliminating violence against women, UN Division for the Advancement of Women and UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 17-20 May, Vienna, Austria.

Lee, D.S., L. Guy, B. Perry, C. K. Sniffen, and S.A. Mixson. (2007). Sexual Violence Prevention. The Prevention Researcher, Volume 14(2), pp. 15-20.

McDonnell, Karen A., Jessica G. Burke, Andrea Carlson Gielen, and Patricia J. O’Campo. (2006). Intimate Partner Violence. In Gielen, A. C., Sleet, D. A., & DiClemente, R. J. (Eds.). (2006). Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral science theories, methods and applications. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (pp. 323-346).

Our Watch. (2017). Putting the prevention of violence against women into practice: How to Change The Story. Melbourne: Our Watch.

Prevention Institute (Lisa Fujie Parks, Larry Cohen, and Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz). (2007). Poised for Prevention: Advancing Promising Approaches to Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence. Prevention Institute.

Prothrow-Stith, Deborah, and Rachel A. Davis. (2007). A Public Health Approach to Preventing Violence. In L. Cohen, V. Chavez & Sana Chehimi (Eds.) Prevention is Primary. Strategies for Community Well-being. (323-350). San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons.

Renzetti, C. M., Follingstad, D. R., & Coker, A. L. (2017). Preventing Intimate Partner Violence: An Introduction. In Preventing Intimate Partner Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Policy Press, pp. 1-14.

Schewe, P. A. (2006). Interventions to Prevent Sexual Violence. In L. S. Doll, S. Bonzo, J. Mercy, & D. Sleet (eds.). Handbook of injury and violence prevention (pp. 223-240). New York: Springer.

Semahegn, A., Torpey, K., Manu, A., Assefa, N., Tesfaye, G., & Ankomah, A. (2019). Are Interventions Focused on Gender-Norms Effective in Preventing Domestic Violence against Women in Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Reproductive Health, 16(1), 93. 10.1186/s12978-019-0726-5

Tabachnick J. (2013). Why prevention? Why now? International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 8(3-4).

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. (2017). Violence against women in Australia: An overview of research and approaches to primary prevention. Melbourne: VicHealth.

Whitaker, D. J., C. K. Baker, and I. Arias. (2007). Interventions to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence. In L. S. Doll, S. Bonzo, J. Mercy, and D. Sleet (eds.), Handbook of Injury and Violence Prevention (pp. 203-221). New York: Springer.