Statewide Community Engagement Workshops on Prevention

Statewide Community Engagement Workshops on Prevention

Intersections of Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence and Sex Trafficking: Bringing the Community Together Around Prevention

Between November 2018 and April 2019, the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) sponsored a series of statewide public workshops geared to service providers and systems professionals who work in the areas of sexual and domestic violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking, public health, and other intersecting fields.

The workshops offered providers and systems professionals an opportunity to learn how to apply the latest research to community contexts for collaboration and prevention, as well as inspiration for action and a deeper understanding of the complex ways sexual violence, domestic violence and sex trafficking are interrelated. The workshops used a design thinking process to collaboratively create prevention solutions based on community context and experience.


About the Partnership and Research

This workshop series was the culmination of a two-year partnership between the Minnesota Department of Health and UROC to deepen our understanding of the intersections of sex trafficking with other forms of sexual and domestic violence. In 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health funded UROC to conduct a secondary data analysis of their qualitative data (n=174 interviews) on commercial sex and sex trafficking from two recent studies: Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minors and Mapping the Demand: Sex Buyers in Minnesota. This secondary data analysis led to three main research findings: 1) survival sex and linkages to sex trafficking; 2) intimate partner trafficking; 3) family-based trafficking. A research brief of these findings is available here

Research roundtable PDF

For more information or questions contact Christina Melander via email at, or Amy Kenzie at the Minnesota Department of Health via email at or phone 651-201-5410.

UROC-MDH Project and Partnership Goals:

  • Deepen understanding of connections between sex trafficking and other forms of violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and family violence)
  • Foster relationships between public health, research and community-based programs
  • Identify upstream prevention opportunities
  • Launch community engagement through community awareness and partnerships; collaboration opportunity