As the prevention team at the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) began to explore prevention strategies at the higher levels of the social ecology and to challenge some of our existing prevention strategies, we found that we needed more than words to communicate our ideas. We found ourselves using hastily drawn diagrams, post-it note murals and allegorical stories as we worked to explain what we were thinking and to invite our organizational partners to share our emerging perspectives around prevention. Over time, these tools evolved into the games and discussion activities included in this prevention toybox.
These games were not created for the purpose of educating potential victims about the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Rather, target audiences are our own organizational staff members and community partners as we collaborate to re-conceptualize our prevention work beyond changing individual-level knowledge and attitudes to focusing on promoting safe, equitable and respectful community environments that deter multiple forms of violence. We hope that you will find these games to be helpful in your work to communicate complex primary prevention concepts with a range of allies and partners.The games employ multiple learning methods (including discussion, visual and kinesthetic activities) to engage audiences in exploring and practicing key prevention concepts. Though each game can be used independently from the others, we believe that they work well together in the progression provided to support your team as you conceptualize, plan, implement and evaluate prevention strategies at the higher levels of the social ecological model. You can download the entire prevention toybox free (as a .zip file) by clicking the “Prevention Toybox Download” button.
If you would like to order a physical copy of the toybox (we can provide these to you free of charge while supplies last), please send Colleen an email with request with your name, agency and mailing address. If you have any questions or feedback for us, please contact the ICADV Prevention team by phone (317.917.3685) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your fellow Preventioneers,
The ICADV Prevention Team