University of Lethbridge Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Framework (2018-2019)


The University of Lethbridge’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework outlines the guiding elements that inform prevention efforts and response procedures within our campus community. This Framework formed through consultation with the Lethbridge and Calgary campus community and with continued guidance from the Preventing Sexual Violence Action Committee (PSVAC).

The three guiding aspects of this framework are: 

  • An Intersectional Lens: using an intersectional lens within all elements of the Framework to reflect the complex realities of our lives and to highlight the disproportionate impact of sexual and gender-based violence on particular identities.
  • Compassion & Support: encouraging empathetic and receptive response to individuals and communities who have been subjected to sexual and gender-based violence;
  • Power-Sensitive Lens: acknowledge that acts of sexual violence are linked to acts of systematic oppression, including but not limited to sexism, racism, colonialism, ableism, homophobia, and  transphobia.

The key elements that structure the approach to prevention and response are Policy & Procedures, Education & Awareness, Skill Building, Trauma-Informed Response, Working Together, and Liberatory Relationships & Communities. Within each area there are Key Resources and Action Steps that help support a comprehensive approach to preventing and responding to Sexual Violence. The theoretical model underlying this framework is the Social-Ecological Model of Violence Prevention.[1] Within this model, prevention efforts are guided by multiple areas of involvement, including with individuals, within relationships, communities, and society. Within each of the guiding elements, Action Steps are identified that align with the four areas of involvement.

















[1] Dahlberg LL, Krug EG. Violence-a global public health problem. In: Krug E, Dahlberg LL, Mercy JA, Zwi AB, Lozano R, eds. World Report on Violence and Health. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2002:1–56.