Authors: Litviniuc, A., & Wells, L.
This report is part of a series of research policy briefs aimed at informing the Alberta Primary Prevention Framework Policy Collaborative on strategies and actions to prevent domestic and sexual violence. It highlights the importance of informal supporters and bystanders in preventing domestic and sexual violence, as they are often the first to witness and can intervene and stop violence before it starts. The report emphasizes the need for the anti-violence sector and the Government of Alberta to empower all Albertans to play a role in stopping violence before it starts by integrating informal supporter and bystander approaches into programs and services. A summary of the roles informal supporters and bystanders can play in responding and preventing violence is provided along with an explanation of how people can be empowered to participate in prevention efforts. Lastly, it provides legislative, policy, and program recommendations to enable Albertans to advance primary prevention.
Please visit the Alberta Primary Prevention Playbook page to learn more about this and the other reports that will make Alberta a more inclusive and safe place to live, work, and play.