Healthy Relationship Approaches to Sexual Assault Prevention

Programs and Strategies for Use Within the U.S. Military

by Coreen Farris, Melissa M. Labriola, Sierra Smucker, Thomas E. Trail, Samuel Peterson, Brandon Crosby, Terry L. Schell


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The U.S. Department of Defense and the military services continues to prioritize the prevention of sexual assault. Innovative approaches to violence prevention can be part of the toolbox for commanders, leaders, and prevention professionals charged with ensuring a safe workplace for service members. The healthy relationship approach to sexual assault prevention is an innovative concept that aims to teach individuals the skills they need to create mutual and respectful relationships that leave no room for sexual assault. This guide aims to provide prevention teams and leaders with an overview of a healthy relationship approach to sexual assault prevention, why it could be an effective tool, and strategies for implementing a program as part of their prevention portfolio.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Role of Relationships in Sexual Assault Prevention

  • Chapter Three

    Types of Programs and How They Work

  • Chapter Four

    Getting Started With a Healthy Relationship Program

  • Appendix

    Healthy Relationship Program Overviews

This research was sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and and conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD).

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