Our prevention programs focus on two important aspects of prevention among college students according to the CDC.
1) Encouraging bystanders and allies to help their friends before violence occurs and to know how to respond if and when it does. Instead of alienating students by approaching them as potential perpetrators or victims, bystander education programs approach students as allies and potential leaders who can shift social norms that are traditionally supportive of sexual violence and interpersonal violence. Such programs engage the entire Carolina community in awareness and prevention efforts, and are a part of a larger state-wide initiative.
Bystander education programs simultaneously educate students about gender inequality while providing them with knowledge and tools to prevent violence. These programs discourage victim blaming by taking a community approach to prevention and, importantly, they offer the opportunity to change social norms surrounding gender. The effects on participants in bystander programs are just beginning to be studied, but preliminary research indicates positive results.
We also work with the Delta Advocates program through the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement to increase peer education, campus outreach, and survivor support for Panhellenic women.
2) Supporting healthy norms, such as healthy relationships and healthier masculinities (UNC Men's Project)
Communicating these messages is an important part of our prevention work! Learn more about about how we communicate via social marketing and social norming.
You may have seen some of the following brochures and posters around campus! If you’re looking for copies for your student group or office, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find our messages which encourage bystander intervention on Chapel Hill Transit buses!
Posters about response to violence are created and maintained by the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office. You can download a "quick reference guide" on the safe.unc.edu website.
Heels United for a Safe Carolina hosts regular installations on campus. Learn more here.