|Program Title||Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault|
|Overview||Haven is an online course focused on increasing education, awareness, and empowerment to act. The course aims to orient learners with their own values and beliefs and, through this lens, teach them how to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships; engage in positive communication; understand the impact of alcohol on consent, and feel empowered to help create safe, healthy communities.|
|program name||level of evidence"Supported by evidence, promising direction or emerging"||bystander"Bystander programs engage men and women not (primarily) as potential perpetrators or victims, but rather as potential bystanders to situations involving sexual or intimate partner violence. Bystander prevention programs presume that all members of the community have a role in shifting norms to prevent violence.... The bystander model includes tools and ideas for action and strongly encourages each person to make a difference." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013, page 5)||empathy"Empathy-based programs give participants the skills to understand sexual violence, provide compassionate responses to disclosures, and reduce the likelihood of sexual assault perpetration by males." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013, page 4)||dispelling
rape myths"These programs address common misconceptions and myths about circumstances, causes, and realities of sexual violence. Topics often include rates of assault and reporting, definitions of consent, and clarifying common circumstances of assault." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013)
|alcoholThese programs discuss the role alcohol plays in sexual violence and how drinking impacts the communication of consent.||otherAdditional topics of focus are listed here.|
|Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault||Promising Direction||X||X||X||X||also offered: training for faculty, staff and graduate students|
Course material is presented through a series of videos via an online platform that feature: slots for institutional policies and procedures; definitions and statistics; presentation of a bystander intervention model; and use of interactive bystander intervention scenarios. Course content varies based on participant responses.
2 sessions. The initial session lasts approximately 45 minutes, and the booster session lasts approximately 15 minutes.
EverFi provides functionality that allows administrators to track completion.
Undergraduate students; differentiated versions of the program are available for faculty and staff, as well as graduate students.
|Theoretical basis for approach||
Haven relies on the research base demonstrating the efficacy of bystander intervention programming that takes a social norms approach. Haven emphasizes positive norms and appeals to the majority of individuals who engage in healthy relationships. This approach helps to overcome barriers to bystander intervention and dispel the perception that unhealthy behaviors and attitudes are socially acceptable.
EverFi conducted an evaluation study on Haven that is undergoing peer review for publication. The study demonstrated statistically significant increases for in scales that indicate improvement in: social norms correction; empathy and support for victims, and self-reported ability to intervene as a bystander. There was no comparison group used in the study.
|Participating colleges and universities||
EverFi works with over 1,300 colleges and universities nationwide, reaching more than 5 million students and employees each year.
|Considerations for administrators||
While an online module is an efficient way to reach a large number of students, the nature of the format precludes students from engaging in a dialogue while learning and may not be the most effective teaching method for all recipients. When using an online prevention education program, schools should consider follow-up activities using a variety of formats (small group discussions, lectures, awareness campaigns, theatrical presentations, etc.) to reinforce the messaging.
|How to access this program||
Information on cost is not readily available. Contact EverFi for information.