Home to nearly 13 million people, Pennsylvania is a popular state to live in, boasting both geographic and racial/ethnic diversity. However, given concerns with regards to rurality, violence, increasing immigrant and minority populations in unprepared and socially conservative areas, and a lack of equal pay, Pennsylvania suffers from a unique intersection of community and societal level issues that act as risk factors for intimate partner violence (IPV). The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is a statewide collaborative membership organization committed to ending IPV and all forms of violence against women. PCADV first began incorporating primary prevention throughout the fabric of the organization in 2009, when they were awarded the Center for Disease Control and Prevention?s (CDC) DELTA PREP grant to measure and improve organizational capacity to conduct primary prevention work. From 2009 to 2011, PCADV saw a drastic positive increase in our internal primary prevention capacity.PCADV?s commitment to primary prevention remains strong as our prevention team continues to approach prevention from a collaborative and holistic standpoint. In consult with our local member programs, PCADV considers risk and protective factors alongside social determinants of health in choosing our strategies. In recent years, as we have seen an increase in interest and commitment to primary prevention both internal and external to the Coalition, we have moved our local programs towards ensuring they are implementing primary prevention at all levels of the social ecological model (SEM), with a particular focus on the community and societal levels.If awarded funding, PCADV will focus on the issues of rurality, violence, increasing immigrant and minority populations in unprepared and socially conservative areas, and a lack of equal pay, to combat the risk factors for IPV at a community and societal level. Addressing Pennsylvania?s leading risk fac
tors associated with IPV provides us with the greatest likelihood, according to the public health approach, of preventing IPV in our communities.Locally, PCADV?s chosen Coordinated Community Response (CCR) teams will implement the Shifting Boundaries Building Level Intervention and Coaching Boys into Men. PCADV will analyze comparable worth policies at a statewide level, collecting information and providing recommendations and trainings to relevant stakeholders. PCADV will also revisit and enhance our existing State Action Plan (SAP) to include a resource inventory and sustainability plan that better prioritizes primary prevention in Pennsylvania.Long term, PCADV aims to create a culture across the Commonwealth that promotes gender equality and equity for all, thereby resulting in a decrease in IPV. Short-term outcomes include: increased coordination of IPV prevention work at the state and local level, increased use of data for planning including monitoring of state-level outcome indicators, increased evaluation of community and societal level IPV prevention efforts, increased use of IPV prevention approaches that address the community and societal level of the SEM, and strengthening economic supports for families within funded states. Intermediate outcomes include: increased data on the impact of community and societal level IPV primary prevention programs and efforts, increased prioritization, resources, and capacity to implement community and societal level IPV prevention programs and policy efforts, increased protective factors associated with IPV at the relationship and community levels, decreased risk factors associated with IPV at the community and societal levels, development and dissemination of findings to relevant statewide stakeholders, and increase in securing additional funds to continue IPV prevention at the community and societal levels, beyond the life of the grant.