About the Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative of Fairfield County
The Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative of Fairfield County (SVPC) consists of five local nonprofits working together to eliminate sexual violence across Fairfield County. The SVPC's inaugural project, Coaches as Partners, works to engage coaches and athletic directors in the prevention of sexual violence. The goal of Coaches as Partners is to bring awareness and education about the critical role athletic leaders play in promoting an inclusive and respectful sports culture.
The SVPC is funded by Fairfield County's Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls. Participating organizations include The Center for Family Justice, The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, Triangle Community Center, Women's Center of Greater Danbury, and YWCA Greenwich.
More About Coaches as Partners
Our game plan is to build partnerships with coaches, who spend more time with students than many teachers or family members. Our premise is that coaches wield a significant amount of influence on their athletes and can shift the paradigm by modeling pro-social behaviors and demonstrating what it means to be an ally in ending sexual violence through knowledge of the issues and expansive intervention tools.“Sports involvement is associated with pro-social values and skills among youth, including accountability, social cohesion, and self-control, all of which are sexual violence prevention factors. In addition, athletes and coaches are frequently viewed as leaders within their local and sport communities and can have enormous influence on changing the paradigms related to masculinity, aggression, and acceptability of sexual violence” – How Sport Can End Sexual Violence in One Generation, RALIANCE
Becoming a Partner
Through interactive workshops, Coaches as Partners gives leaders in the athletic community the tools to shift the culture and end sexual violence. To explore bringing this project and its accompanying workshops to your school or team, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also follow the conversation by following #coachesaspartners on your favorite social media platform!
In the News
“The Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Fund for Women & Girls recently launched an initiative to elevate the #MeToo movement with a program that will train high school coaches on best practices for guiding students to have healthy relationships.”