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A Guide to Addressing Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault in a School Setting (pdf)

added 06/11/2008
Peace Over Violence with assistance from the California Women's Law Center for the Crime and Violence Prevention Center, California Attorney General's Office (February 2008)

"This guide details schools' responsibility to take a leadership role to prevent and respond to teen dating and sexual violence in schools and in the community. While the information is specific to California, much can be applied nationally."

Addressing the Intersection: Preventing Violence and Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living (pdf)

added 06/07/2010

"This document provides an explanation of the inter-relationship between violence and healthy eating and activity. The findings and recommendations offered in this paper can support practitioners and advocates in their work to prevent chronic disease in communities heavily impacted by violence. "

Addressing the Problem of Juvenile Bullying (pdf)

added 08/17/2001
Nels Ericson, a Senior Writer-Editor in OJJDP's Information Dissemination and Planning Unit

2-page Fact Sheet posted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The Fact Sheet describes bullying and its effects and provides information about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which is designed to reduce bullying among elementary, middle, and junior high school children.

Adolescent Violence in the Home: The missing link in family violence prevention and response (pdf)

added 09/25/2012
Jo Howard - Manager, Peninsula Health Drug and Alcohol Program & Youth Service

This paper explores the issue of adolescent abuse, placing emphasis on its relevance to the family violence sector and the prevention of violence against women. The paper concludes that there is a need for policy and practice reform to support the engagement of adolescents who use violence in the home and enhance the safety of victims.

An Evaluation of Safe Dates, an Adolescent Dating Violence Prevention Program (pdf)

added 08/24/2007
Vangie Foshee, Karl Bauman, Ximena Arriaga, Russell Helms, Gary Koch, & George Fletcher Linder

This paper presents the results of a program focused on preventing violence among teenage dating partners. Decreased violence was perpetrated against a dating partner for those who participated in the program compared to a control group.

Benefits and Costs of Prevention and Early Intervention Programs for Youth

added 12/05/2007
Steve Aos, Roxanne Lieb, Jim Mayfield, Marna Miller, and Annie Pennucci

"This report describes findings and analysis regarding the cost-effectiveness of research-based prevention and early intervention programs for youth with a demonstrated ability to achieve 7 outcomes including reduction in child abuse and domestic violence."

Blueprints for Violence Prevention (pdf)

added 10/30/2006
Sharon Mihalic, Katherine Irwin, Delbert Elliott, Abigail Fagan, and Diane Hansen

This report by the OJJDP describes 11 model programs and 21 promising programs that demonstrated evidence of effectiveness in delinquency, violence, and substance abuse prevention and reduction. The report describes the Blueprints programs, presents lessons learned about program implementation and provides recommendations for program designers, funders, and implementing agencies and organizations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Expert Panel on Protective Factors for Youth Violence Perpetration: Background and Overview (pdf)

added 02/20/2013
Hall, J.E. et al

The CDC Expert Panel on Protective Factors for Youth Violence Perpetration was convened to review and advance the status of etiologic and prevention research on direct protective and buffering protective factors for youth violence perpetration. The current paper introduces Phase One of the panel’s work, which focuses on direct protective factors and includes the papers in this supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This paper provides the context for the panel’s work, describes its practical and theoretic importance, and summarizes why independently defined direct protective factors and risk factors are important for the advancement of our understanding of youth violence and its prevention

Creating Safe Environments: Violence Prevention Strategies and Programs

added 08/09/2006
Patti Culross, Larry Cohen, Ashby Wolfe , and Joanne Ruby

This document addresses the increased need for specific primary prevention programs of various types of violence. Gang-violence, Sexual Violence, Adolescent and Adult Intimate Partner Violence, as well as others are addressed. Specific examples of promising programs and practices currently in existence throughout the United States are detailed.

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Dating violence prevention in ethnically diverse middle and high schools: Program evaluation results and prevalence rates among adolescents

added 04/19/2012
Elena Font-Calafell, M.A., Doctoral Candidate & Trina Bauling, M.P.H.

This paper reports evaluation results for Teens Learning to Choose (TLC), an evidence-based prevention program for adolescent dating violence. Results indicated that, after TLC, youth were (1) less accepting of violence in relationships, (2) less willing to gender stereotype, and (3) more confident about being able to help a friend who was either a victim or a perpetrator of dating violence.

Detecting the Potential for Violence

added 04/29/1999
Dr. Jane Gilgun, University of Minnesota

Checklist for Detecting the Potential for Violence is also available.

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Developing a Successful Street Outreach Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned

added 01/07/2013
National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This report presents recommendations and lessons learned regarding how to best implement street-outreach programs, whose key element is the involvement of outreach workers in engaging marginalized and at-risk youth in their communities. The information was gathered through visits to promising programs, a review of the literature, and a survey of California-based outreach programs.

Disproportionate Minority Contact (pdf)

added 12/11/2009

"This publication provides an overview of OJJDP’s efforts to reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC). Includes a description of OJJDP’s DMC Reduction Model which helps states determine whether disproportionality exists and, if it does, guides the establishment of multipronged intervention strategies to ensure equal treatment of all youth. The fact sheet also includes a summary of states’ DMC-reduction activities derived from compliance plans submitted in fiscal year 2008."

Diverting Children from a Life of Crime

added 07/19/1996

Diverting Children from a Life of Crime: Measuring Costs and Benefits is a study from Rand, a public policy organization. The report looks at several prevention strategies to reduce youth involvement in the juvenile justice system. A few of the approaches studied are also utilized as child abuse prevention efforts.

Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Youth Violence: Strategies for Prevention and Early Intervention

added 04/30/2008
Janet Carter

Another Family Violence Prevention Fund publication that argues for a collaborative, community-based approach to combatting child abuse, domestic violence and youth violence.

Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature (pdf)

added 06/16/2005
Charol Shakeshaft

This literature review of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct responds to the mandate in Section 5414 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, to conduct a study of sexual abuse in U.S. schools. To satisfy this mandate, the Department of Education contracted with Dr. Charol Shakeshaft of Hofstra University. Using the limited research that is available in this area, her literature review describes, among other topics: prevalence of educator sexual misconduct, offender characteristics, targets of educator sexual misconduct, and recommendations for prevention of educator sexual misconduct.

Electronic Media and Youth Violence: A CDC Issue Brief for Educators and Caregivers (pdf)

added 11/18/2008
Marci Feldman Hertz, M.S., Corinne David-Ferdon, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and the Adolescent Goals Team

"The brief summarizes what is known about young people and electronic aggression, provides strategies for addressing the issue with young people, and discusses the implications for school staff, education policy makers, and parents and caregivers. "

Electronic Media, Violence, and Adolescents: An Emerging Public Health Problem (pdf)

added 11/18/2008
Corinne David-Ferdon, Ph.D., and Marci Feldman Hertz, M.S.

"Attention is growing about the risk of adolescents to become victims of aggression perpetrated by peers with new technology. In September 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention convened a panel of experts in technology and youth aggression to examine this specific risk. This article presents the data and recommendations for future directions discussed at the meeting. The data supports the argument that electronic aggression is an emerging public health problem in need of additional research to support the development and evaluation of effective prevention programs."

Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies

added 02/20/2009

"A Final Report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to the Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking of State Attorneys General of the United States. The scope of the Task Force's inquiry was to consider those technologies that industry and end users - including parents - can use to help keep minors safer on the Internet."

Evaluating G.R.E.A.T : A School-Based Gang Prevention Program (pdf)

added 07/21/2006

Typical programs are directed at active gang members, and most target youths who are at risk for joining gangs. The G.R.E.A.T. program, in contrast, is presented to entire classrooms without attempting to predict which students are most likely to become involved with a gang. G.R.E.A.T. is aimed at middle school students and seeks to (1) reduce their involvement in gangs and delinquent behavior, (2) teach them consequences of gang involvement, and (3) help them develop positive relations with law enforcement. These three objectives are addressed through a nine hour curriculum taught in schools by uniformed law enforcement officers. Students are taught to set positive goals, resist negative pressures, resolve conflicts, and understand how gangs impact the quality of their lives. This report summarizes results of a five year study of the G.R.E.A.T. program. The study revealed that G.R.E.A.T. has modest positive effects on adolescents' attitudes and delinquency risk factors but no effects on their involvement in gangs and actual delinquent behaviors.

Evaluation for Improvement: A Seven-step Empowerment Evaluation Approach for Violence Prevention Organizations (pdf)

added 03/27/2010

"This manual is designed to help violence prevention organizations hire an empowerment evaluator who will assist them in building their evaluation capacity through a learn-by-doing process of evaluating their own strategies. It is for state and local leaders and staff members of organizations, coalitions, government agencies, and/or partnerships working to prevent sexual violence, intimate partner violence, youth violence, suicide, and/or child maltreatment."

From the Courthouse to the Schoolhouse: Making a Successful Transition

added 03/27/2000
Ronald D. Stephens and June Lane Arnette

A 16-page bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This Bulletin describes effective approaches to reintegrating youth from juvenile justice system settings into the education mainstream and provides information about promising programs, practices, and resources.

Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence (pdf)

added 10/03/2001

Outlines strategies and approaches for members of school communities to consider when creating safer learning environments. Offers guidance for school violence prevention and response in the following areas: prevention, threat assessment, planning and preparation, during a crisis, after a crisis, legal considerations, and working with the media. A list of Web sites pertaining to school safety and violence reduction is included.

Guiding Principles for Promising Female Programming

added 12/11/2009

This guide describes practical policy, program development processes, and promising program models aimed at preventing and treating female juvenile delinquency. Also includes a profile of female juvenile offenders, the problems they present, their needs, and ways to address them.

Healing the Hate: A National Hate Crime Prevention Curriculum (pdf)

added 10/03/2001
Karen A. McLaughlin and Kelly J. Brilliant for the Education Development Center, Inc.

Originally designed to be used in classroom settings, these materials have also proven useful in a variety of other venues: working with youth who commit hate crimes, working with schools experiencing specific bias crime problems, in after-school programs, and in teacher training settings.

Homicides of Children and Youth

added 04/22/2002
Finkelhor, D., and Ormrod, R. for Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

October 2001 Bulletin report. Provides a statistical portrait of juvenile homicide victimization by drawing on FBI and other data. As part of OJJDP's Crimes Against Children Series, the Bulletin offers detailed information about overall crime patterns and victim age groups. Specific types of juvenile homicide, including maltreatment homicides, abduction homicides, and school homicides, are discussed in further detail. The Bulletin also explores initiatives designed to prevent homicides of children and youth.

Interpersonal and Physical Dating Violence among Teens (pdf)

added 01/06/2009
Antoinette Davis, MPP

This Focus Report from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency finds that girls exposed to interpersonal violence are more likely to be exposed to other forms of violence, show a greater propensity for unsafe sexual activity, and a higher incidence of substance abuse and suicide than either boys or non-abused girls. The report also offers recommendations for primary prevention programs.

Juvenile Suicide in Confinement: A National Survey (pdf)

added 12/11/2009

"This report provides the results of a survey on juvenile suicides occurring in confinement between 1995 and 1999. The study examined the demographic characteristics and social history of each victim, the characteristics of the incident, and the features of the juvenile facility in which the suicide took place. The report provides suggestions for addressing the problem and recommendations for prevention planning."

Juvenile Transfer Laws: An Effective Deterrent to Delinquency? (pdf)

added 12/11/2009
Richard E. Redding

"Provides an overview of research on the deterrent effects of transferring youth from juvenile to criminal courts, focusing on large-scale comprehensive OJJDP-funded studies on the effect of transfer laws on recidivism. The Bulletin reviews all of the extant research on the general and specific deterrent effects of transferring juveniles to adult criminal court."

Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes, Behaviors, and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools, 2nd Edition (pdf)

added 07/21/2006
Dahlberg LL, Toal SB, Swahn M, & Behrens CB.

"This compendium provides researchers and prevention specialists with a set of tools to assess violence-related beliefs, behaviors, and influences, as well as to evaluate programs to prevent youth violence. If you are new to the field of youth violence prevention and unfamiliar with available measures, you may find this compendium to be particularly useful."

Moving From Them to Us: Challenges in Reframing Violence Among Youth (pdf)

added 11/13/2009

"This paper explores how youth and violence have been framed in the media, how the issue of race complicates depictions of youth and violence, and how public attitudes about government can inhibit public support for strategies to effectively prevent violence. This paper makes recommendations for the next steps in re-framing violence among youth."

NCJRS Youth Violence Special Feature

added 04/02/2013
National Criminal Justice Reference Service

This Special Feature contains publications and resources on topics related to youth violence and the prevention of such violence. Topics include: Statistics, Gun Violence and Prevention, Youth Violence Prevention, Youth Violence Research, School Violence Prevalence and Prevention, and Youth Gangs.

Our Vulnerable Teenagers: Their Victimization, Its Consequences and Direction for Intervention and Prevention (pdf)

added 02/21/2003

This joint report by the National Center and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency analyzes existing, but largely unnoticed, research and data on the crime experiences of teenagers, ages 12 to 19, who make up 14 percent of the general population, but represent 25 percent of victims of violent crime. The report also outlines promising prevention and intervention strategies.
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Our Vulnerable Teenagers: Their Victimization, Its Consequences, and Directions for Prevention and Intervention

added 06/30/2006
Madeline Wordes, Ph.D. and Michell Nunez, M.A. for the National Center for Victims of Crime

The report provides a review of existing research on teen victimization and its impact on youth in America as well as information on promising prevention and intervention techniques.

Preventing Adolescent Gang Involvement

added 01/04/2001
Finn-Aage Esbensen

12-page Bulletin is posted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention . This Bulletin examines the youth gang problem in the larger context of juvenile violence. While there are no simple solutions to ending the youth gang problem, the Bulletin provides the reader with information to better understand its complexity, while dispelling common gang stereotypes. The Bulletin offers a solid foundation on which to build a comprehensive strategy to prevent youth gang involvement.

Preventing Delinquency Through Improved Child Protection Services (pdf)

added 02/14/2002

2001 Bulletin examines a potentially powerful, yet often overlooked, delinquency prevention strategy: efforts to reduce the incidence of childhood maltreatment.

Preventing Student Sexual Harassment

added 03/06/2001
Wendy Schwartz, Teachers College, Columbia University

December 2000 report posted on the Eric Clearinghouse on Urban Education.

Preventing Violence and Promoting Safety in Higher Education Settings (pdf)

added 12/12/2012
Linda Langford, Sc.D.

This publication was developed to help campuses prevent violence and promote safety. It reviews the scope of campus violence problems, describes the wide array of factors that cause and contribute to violence, outlines a comprehensive approach to reducing violence and promoting safety on campus, and lists specific recommendations that administrators, students, faculty, staff, and community members can follow to review and improve their policies and strengthen their programs and services. The document concludes with vignettes describing initiatives specific campuses have undertaken to reduce violence and promote a safe environment.

Preventing violence before it occurs: Directions for improving outcomes for young people, our cities, and our economic recovery and growth (pdf)

added 02/04/2009
Prevention Institute

A Prevention Institute memo highlighting opportunities for improving safety and well-being in our nation’s urban areas while saving money and stimulating the economy.

Preventing Violence by Elementary School Children

added 03/06/2001
Wendy Schwartz, Teachers College, Columbia University

November 1999 report posted on the Eric Clearinghouse on Urban Education.

Preventing Violence in Our Schools

added 05/18/1999

Resource that gives advice and resources to parents and educators on preventing youth violence.

Preventing Youth Hate Crimes: A Manual for Schools and Communities, 1998

added 10/03/2001

Promotes the discussion, planning, immediate action, and long-term responses of hate crime to assist schools and communities in confronting and eliminating harassment, intimidation, violence, and other hate-motivated behavior among young people.

Prevention of Serious and Violent Juvenile Offending (pdf)

added 04/25/2000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Prevention of Serious and Violent Juvenile Offending is a 15-page Bulletin by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This Bulletin describes some of the developmental precursors to such offending and offers effective approaches to its prevention that are family, parent, and child focused. Examples of well-designed intervention programs are also provided.

Promoting gender equality to prevent violence against women (pdf)

added 10/28/2009

"The World Health Organization has released a briefing highlighting the importance of the role gender plays in interpersonal violent situations, community- and school-based initiatives to empower women, the role of the media in altering gender norms, and the importance of engaging with men to combat violence against women. The briefing is one of an eight-part series on how to prevent interpersonal and self-directed violence."

Race, Ethnicity, and Serious and Violent Juvenile Offending

added 10/03/2001
Darnell F. Hawkins, John H. Laub, Janet L. Lauritsen, and Lynn Cothern

June 2000. Discusses racial and ethnic differences in the rates of serious and violent offending among juveniles. Discribes various data sources and notes their relative strengths and weaknesses for purposes of identifying racial and ethnic patterns. Summarizes statistics on national trends in juvenile offending by race and ethnicity, discusses research findings on racial and ethnic differences among chronic offenders, and offers various explanations of the patterns observed. It also presents recommendations for understanding these patterns and discusses implications for prevention and intervention efforts.

Recognizing and Preventing Youth Violence: A Guide for Physicians & Other Health Care Professionals

added 07/25/2013
Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Violence

Health care providers have two opportunities for intervention and prevention: during a routine health care visit and when caring for a youth who has been injured. On these occasions, they can provide preventive education, screening for risk, and linkages to intervention and follow-up services. This guide was written to: provide basic information about youth violence; describe risk factors and appropriate screening tools; suggest approaches to violence prevention and intervention; and present ideas and resources for advocacy and research

Resolving conflict creatively: Evaluating the developmental effects of a school-based violence prevention program in neighborhood and classroom context

added 08/24/2007
J. Lawrence Aber, Stephanie Jones, Joshua Brown, Nina Chaudry, & Faith Samples

"This study evaluated the short-term impact of a school-based violence prevention initiative on developmental processes thought to place children at risk for future aggression and violence and examined the influence of classrooms and neighborhood contexts on the effectiveness of the violence prevention initiative."

Safe Harbor: A School-Based Victim Assistance/Violence Prevention Program

added 07/15/2003

The Safe Harbor program addresses violence prevention and victim assistance in school-based settings.

School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth (pdf)

added 05/20/2009

"This longitudinal study found that family, school, and individual factors such as school connectedness, parent-family connectedness, high parental expectations for academic achievement, and the adolescent’s level of involvement in religious activities and perceived importance of religion and prayer were protective against a range of adverse behaviors. School connectedness was found to be the strongest protective factor for both boys and girls to decrease substance use, school absenteeism, early sexual initiation, violence, and risk of unintentional injury."

School Violence Prevention: Strategies to Keep Schools Safe

added 11/19/2001
Alexander Volokh with Lisa Snell

Policy Study No. 234, January 1998. Posted by the Reason Foundation. Discusses the many faces of violence and the different methods of violence prevention.

School Violence: Prevalence, Fears, and Prevention

added 02/08/2002
Jaana Juvonen, Rand Education

2001 paper. Describes the options that are currently available for schools. An analysis of the key components of various approaches in terms of their potential positive and negative effects can assist in the selection of policies, programs, and procedures while we wait for evaluations to be conducted.

Second Chances: Giving Kids a Chance To Make a Better Choice (pdf)

added 11/02/2000
OJJDP's Juvenile Court Centennial Initiative

28-page Bulletin posted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Drawing on a recently published book, "Second Chances 100 Years of the Children's Court: Giving Kids a Chance To Make a Better Choice," the Bulletin profiles successful "graduates" of the juvenile justice system.

Social and Economic Costs of Violence: Workshop Summary

added 10/25/2011
Deepali M. Patel and Rachel M. Taylor, Rapporteurs

This document is the summary of a workshop held by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Forum on Global Violence Prevention on the social and economic costs of violence. The workshop was designed to examine violence prevention approaches from multiple perspectives and at multiple levels of society. In particular, the workshop was focused on exploring the successes and challenges in presented interventions. Speakers were invited to share the progress and outcomes of their work and to engage in dialogue exploring gaps and opportunities in the field.

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Something is Wrong: Exploring the Roots of Youth Violence (pdf)

added 02/04/2010
Project NIA, Chicago Freedom School, and Teachers for Social Justice

"The Chicago Freedom School, Project NIA and Teachers for Social Justice have partnered along with other volunteers to develop this curriculum guide in order to contribute to the ongoing efforts by young people and their adult allies to analyze the root causes of youth violence and to create local solutions."

Streetworkers, Youth Violence Prevention, and Peacemaking in Lowell, Massachusetts: Lessons and Voices from the Community (pdf)

added 04/17/2012
Shannon Frattaroli, Keshia M. Pollack, Karen Jonsberg

This paper documents the work of Street Outreach Workers (SWs) at United Teen Equality Center (UTEC). SWs seek out areas where violence occurs, intervene in fights and tamp down volatile situations. The authors describe UTEC’s training and management approach and explore how SWs affect youth violence in Lowell.

Suicide Prevention and Intervention in Secondary Schools

added 06/07/2012
Richard Lieberman, Scott Poland, and Katherine Cowan

This article addresses the need for schools to give attention and thoughtful planning to the mental health needs of students to prevent suicide. It argues that school-based programs should take into account the unique opportunities and limitations presented by the school context. Schools have extensive access to and influence over students, allowing staff members to raise awareness of risk factors, bolster protective factors, and identify and intervene with students at risk.

Technology and Youth: Protecting your Child from Electronic Aggression Tip Sheet (pdf)

added 11/18/2008

"This tipsheet provides an overview of electronic aggression, any type of harassment or bullying that occurs through e-mail, a chat room, instant messaging, a website (including blogs), or text messaging. It provides parents and caregivers with strategies for protecting children from this type of violence. "

Teen Dating Violence: A Review of Risk Factors and Prevention Efforts (pdf)

added 12/15/2005
Maura O'Keefe

This article provides a critical review of the dating violence literature with respect to potential risk factors for both perpetrators and victims and examines the empirical research regarding the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs targeting teen dating violence. The document also provides recommendations for future research and potential policy implications.

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Teen Dating Violence: Information and Resources (pdf)

added 12/15/2005

This is an information packet developed by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) as an introduction to the dynamics, prevalence and consequences of teen dating violence. The packet explores issues specific to teen dating violence, examines current provision of support services for teens and presents information about a variety of promising prevention /intervention strategies. The intent of packet contents is to examine some of the key dating violence issues currently facing teens and their advocates.

The Comprehensive Strategy: Lessons Learned From the Pilot Sites

added 03/30/2000
Kathleen Coolbaugh and Cynthia J. Hansel

This is a 12-page Bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Derived from extensive research, the OJJDP's Comprehensive Strategy was developed to assist States and local communities in preventing at-risk youth from becoming serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders and in crafting an appropriate response to those who do. This Bulletin offers an overview of the Comprehensive Strategy, describes its implementation in the three pilot sites, and discusses the lessons learned in that process.

The Effectiveness of Universal School-Based Programs for the Prevention of Violent and Aggressive Behavior (pdf)

added 07/30/2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (August 2007)

"This report provides a summary of findings from a review of evidence concerning the effectiveness of universal school-based violence prevention programs."

The Girls Study Group - Charting the Way to Delinquency Prevention for Girls (pdf)

added 01/13/2009
Margaret A. Zahn, Stephanie R. Hawkins, Janet Chiancone, and Ariel Whitworth

"The Girls Study Group, convened by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), conducted a study to determine the cause of delinquency and increased arrests among female adolescents, factors that influence delinquency, and effective programs in preventing girls’ delinquency."

Third Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Report 2007: Scaling Up

added 06/11/2008
World Health Organization (WHO) (2007)

"Reviews progress that has been made in violence prevention since October 2002 and sets out what the World Health Organization and its partners can do over the next 5 years to expand programming and to demonstrate the impact of violence prevention."

Trust Betrayed

added 12/18/1997

This booklet, designed by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, helps young adults understand the dynamics of healthy relationships; the signs of controlling relationships; the strategies for dealing with dating violence; and the resources available to end the cycle of violence.

Understanding Evidence Part 1: Best Available Research Evidence. A Guide to the Continuum of Evidence of Effectiveness. (pdf)

added 01/10/2012
Puddy, R. W. & Wilkins, N. (2011)

Increasing emphasis has been placed on the importance of evidence-informed prevention strategies and evidence-based decision making. In this guidance document, the authors aim to explain the purpose and meaning of the Continuum of Evidence of Effectiveness, a tool that was developed to facilitate a common understanding of what the Best Available Research Evidence means in the field of violence prevention. This Continuum also serves to provide common language for researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers in discussing evidence-based decision making.

Understanding School Violence Fact Sheet 2012 (pdf)

added 11/13/2008

An updated fact sheet compiled by the CDC explaining what school violence is, risk factors, health effects, prevention strategies, and much more.

Understanding Youth Violence Factsheet (pdf)

added 10/11/2011
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This fact sheet is a quick look at statistics and issue areas concerning youth violence in the United States. Headings include, "Why is youth violence a public health problem", and "Who is at risk for youth violence".

UNITY RoadMap: A Framework for Effectiveness and Sustainability

added 09/25/2009

"The UNITY RoadMap is a resource for cities to prevent violence before it occurs by mapping out solutions to effectively and sustainably prevent violence. The UNITY RoadMap helps cities understand the current status of their efforts, describes the core elements necessary to prevent violence before it occurs, and provides information, resources, and examples to support cities in planning, implementation, and evaluation."

Victimization and Juvenile Offending (pdf)

added 12/18/2009
Christine B. Siegfried, MSSW, Susan J. Ko, PhD, and Ann Kelley, PhD

In this article the authors present statistics on adolescent victimization, its effects, and the connection trauma has with development of aggressive behaviors. The authors conclude with recommendations in reducing the cycle of victimization and subsequent violence.

Why Violence Prevention Programs Don't Work-and What Does

added 08/24/2007
David Johnson & Roger Johnson

The authors discuss the key components of why some programs fail and outlines what components are necessary for them to succeed.

Working with Children Towards a Healthy & Non-Violent Future

added 06/11/2008

"This Special Collection provides a unique perspective on working with children (younger than 13 years of age), focusing on theories and strategies for raising respectful, non-violent people. Resources included here discuss child development and how to utilize this knowledge when implementing primary prevention strategies that foster healthy attitudes and behaviors"

Working with Young Men Who Batter: Current Strategies and New Directions

added 01/14/2002
Dean Peacock and Emily Rothman, MS

This article offers an overview of the recent juvenile batterer intervention programs. It identifies risk factors for teen dating violence perpetration as described by the literature and considers the utility of these findings, describes efforts to prevent re-offenses by juvenile perpetrators of domestic violence, discusses several shortcomings inherent in post-crisis intervention, and outlines current challenges within the field.

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World Health Organization Fact Sheet on Youth Violence

added 04/02/2013

This fact sheet provides information on key facts, the scope of the problem worldwide, risk factors, prevention programs, and the WHO response to youth violence.

Youth Activism: Engaging Teens in the Sexual Violence Prevention Movement (pdf)

added 04/21/2010

"This bulletin discusses how to engage youth as valued partners in sexual violence prevention work."

Youth Sexual Violence Prevention

added 10/01/2012
Patricia Cook-Craig In consultation with Mitru Ciarlante

This Applied Research Paper from VAWnet.org outlines the importance and value of engaging in sexual violence prevention work with youth. The paper discusses prevalence of sexual violence among youth populations, recent trends in prevention activities for youth, and a review of common strategies and challenges for engaging in this work. Feedback on the effectiveness and current evaluation efforts for the various approaches is offered.
Hear the authors of this Applied Research Paper share their thoughts on the research, trends, and recommendations discussed in the document in these two podcasts

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Youth, Safety, and Violence: Schools, Communities, and Mental Health (pdf)

added 05/07/2013
Daniel F. Wilhelm, Annie Salsich, Jim Parsons, and Krista Larson for the Vera Institute of Justice

This policy brief from the Vera Institute of Justice offers expert advice on ways to counter violence against youth by looking into school safety, mental illness, and the delivery of mental health services.