Developing community systems for the primary prevention of family violence

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Family violence occurs with alarming prevalence in a variety of forms, affecting family members of all ages. Family violence prevention requires fundamental restructuring of society to strengthen the caregiving capacity of individuals, families, and communities. This article reviews the foundation for planned change, including goals, principles, and a brief overview of specific methods of preventive intervention. Core methods include social skills education, legal sanctions, tangible family resources, social support, and positive social and physical environments.

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