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Take Action to Prevent Sexual Violence

Commit to daily action to shift the culture


A “culture of violence” is a community’s complex web of beliefs, actions and customs which condone and encourage violence. This culture impacts our community and because of this, we must take deliberate action to ensure every Sun Devil has access to in-person and virtual communities where they are happy, healthy and safe.

Take a moment to learn more

The first step, for anyone looking to take action to dismantle a culture of violence, is to learn. Thank you for your commitment to creating a community of care here at ASU by learning how you can take action to prevent violence and support people in and outside of our Sun Devil family. Here are some places where you can start:

  1. Learn how social norms can encourage both violent and healthy behaviors.
  2. Explore the continuum of sexual violence to learn the language, attitudes and behaviors that constitute violence. 
  3. Understand how the continuum of sexual violence applies to the ASU community by reviewing ASU’s definitions of consent and sexual misconduct
  4. Review the role of power and control in sexual and relationship violence.
  5. Know the red flags of unhealthy or abusive relationships as well as the characteristics of a healthy relationship.
  6. Increase your understanding and support of the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual/allied) community, including the respectful usage of gender pronouns. Consider participating in an ASU SafeZONE training.
  7. Sign-up to attend a Sun Devil Support Network training to learn about ASU resources, sexual and relationship violence prevention, and how to support a victim or survivor.
  8. Complete an online training such as: Community of CareEverfi Violence PreventionStep-Up.
  9. Complete the Devils 4 Devils Canvas course to develop additional skills applicable to supporting a survivor, such as empathy.
  10. Learn more about the role culture and identity can play within abuse and how abuse can look different depending on the context.

A better understanding of sexual violence is integral to taking action to dismantle a “culture of violence.” The first step is awareness and understanding, so we can begin to take mindful actions to address and prevent violence in both in-person and virtual environments.


 So, what can we all do?

Review the actions below to better understand how you can dismantle the “culture of violence” and take action to prevent sexual and relationship violence in our ASU community.


Foster a safer space


Provide support

First and foremost, we can respond with support for all victims and survivors. To learn how to support someone who is concerned that they may have experienced sexual or relationship violence, visit Providing Support.

We all have a role to play in preventing sexual and relationship violence. ASU Sun Devils strive to serve as role models for others in their community by challenging behaviors that contribute to a “culture of violence” in both in-person and virtual environments. This webpage reviews only some of the actions everyone can take. Do you have an idea to add to this list or a suggestion for improvement? The Sexual and Relationship Violence Program would like to hear from you! Please email comments, ideas and feedback to

We can all work together to create a safer space in which all Sun Devils thrive.


Resource contact information

For Emergencies call 9-1-1

ASU Police Department
Help is available 24/7

ASU Counseling Services (students)

ASU Health Services

Employee Assistance Office

Crisis Support is available 24/7 by contacting

EMPACT Hotline (students)

Behavioral Health Crisis Line (employees)

RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline (National)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Family Advocacy Centers (FAC) Medical Forensic Exams
In Maricopa County, HonorHealth Forensic Nurse Examiner Program conducts medical forensic exams at Family Advocacy Centers (FACs) located in Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale, and Downtown Phoenix, near ASU’s campuses. When reporting to law enforcement, the exam will be scheduled on your behalf and you will be transported to the FAC. If you do not wish to report to law enforcement and live in Maricopa county, you can call HonorHealth at 480-312-6339 (available 24/7) and enter a call back number. A nurse will call you back soon after. If you reside in Arizona but do not live in Maricopa County, review this list of medical forensic exam facilities in Arizona.

Family Advocacy Center Information is listed below. Please note that these centers typically operate from 8am-5pm and should be contacted prior to visiting. All FACs have a law enforcement presence. While the FAC staff may provide you with additional resources or connect you to law enforcement for reporting, the best way to have a medical forensic exam done is to follow the information listed above.

Mesa Center Against Family Violence
225 E. 1st St, Mesa, AZ 8520

Phoenix Family Advocacy Center
2120 N Central Ave #250, Phoenix, AZ

Scottsdale Family Advocacy Center
10225 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Glendale Family Advocacy Center
6830 N 57th Dr, Glendale, AZ 85301