Protective & Risk Factors

Risk & Protective Factors: A graphical overview

Risk factors are a set of behaviors and/or conditions associated with a greater likelihood of sexual violence perpetration, and protective factors are behaviors and/or conditions that may reduce or buffer against the risk for sexual violence perpetration. These are contributing factors and might not be direct causes. Not everyone impacted by risk factors goes on to use violence against others. This infographic highlights the connections between risk and protective factors and social determinants of health at the various levels of the social ecology and can be used to link sexual violence prevention with anti-oppression and related public health issues in order to create more effective change. Click the graphic to enlarge the image.