Before PREVNet, there were a number of different bullying and teen violence prevention activities in use at local, provincial and national levels, all of which operated in isolation without an evidence-based national platform for coordination and implementation.
As a national network, PREVNet brings together researchers and national organizations to enhance awareness, build research capacity, and promote evidence-based programs and effective policies across Canada.
We are empowering national organizations through education and training, providing assessment and intervention strategies that are scientifically proven to work.
Education, Assessment, Intervention and Policy
PREVNet’s work is based on four strategies: education, assessment, intervention and policy, all of which are equally important and necessary in order to stop interpersonal violence and victimization and to create environments where children and youth feel safe.
We develop awareness about interpersonal violence so we can change attitudes and build commitment to address bullying and teen violence challenges. Our partnerships with government and non-government organizations enhance our education and training goals, allowing us to develop tools such as: training manuals and workshops, quick reference guides, research communiqués, continuing education courses and public service announcements.
We provide universal assessment tools to evaluate the extent of bullying and victimization problems for children and adolescents, their families, schools and communities. Assessments provide the baseline for understanding the nature and extent of bullying or teen violence and determine which programs should be selected to meet the specific needs of an organization. Effective assessments will identify the prevalence, the development factors and the systemic issues surrounding the problems of bullying.
We help Canadians develop scientifically effective strategies to intervene and reduce bullying and teen violence. To successfully address bullying and teen dating violence there must be evidenced-based guidelines for developing interventions:
- Intervention programs need to be research-based and require ongoing evaluations.
- Intervention in bullying problems requires a focus on children’s development and children’s relationships.
- Leadership is the foundation for promoting relationships and eliminating violence.
We develop prevention policies that specifically define bullying and establish steps that will be taken when bullying occurs. Bullying and teen dating violence are relationship problems and therefore, effective policies must address the roles and responsibilities of the person affected by the behaviour, the person initiating the behaviour, as well as peers, adults and the community.