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Preventing Community Violence
Creating and maintaining a safe, nonviolent community is an important part of supporting children, youth, and families in preventing child abuse and neglect. Find resources and strategies to help reduce violence in the community, including State and local examples.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Addresses violence as a public health issue, providing numerous resources on the effectiveness of violence prevention programs across the country and information on child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, and youth violence.
Community Violence Prevention as a Family Strengthening Strategy (PDF - 343 KB)
National Human Services Assembly (2005)
Highlights violence prevention initiatives that seek to engage diverse community stakeholders in order to create safe and thriving neighborhoods that support families and help them succeed.
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
Provides databases of training materials and research on the effectiveness of violence prevention and intervention programs, including a national listing of programs.
United States Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, & Office of Justice Programs (2013)
Rates and summarizes child protection programs focusing on child abuse or harm prevention, intervention, and enforcement and that address a variety of issues including missing and exploited children, crimes against children, abused and neglected children, and children exposed to domestic or community violence.
Communities Working Together to Help Children Exposed to Violence: Findings From Phase I of the Safe Start Initiative (PDF - 340 KB)
Safe Start Center & Safe Start Promising Approaches Program (2011)
Presents findings from Phase 1 of the Safe Start Initiative in which practitioners in the demonstration communities formed cross-disciplinary partnerships that responded to children exposed to violence at all points along the continuum of care (prevention, intervention, treatment, response) by screening for children exposed to violence, referring them to services, providing intervention and treatment services, and following up to ensure service linkages.
Family Violence Prevention: A Toolkit for Stakeholders
National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families & Center for Family Policy and Practice (2013)
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Provides a toolkit with information and resources to assist stakeholders in incorporating domestic violence and child maltreatment awareness into service provision, including information that will increase service providers' understanding of these issues and will also help them identify other beneficial resources or referrals in the community that may support their efforts to institute healthy relationship policies and practices.
Module 1: Orientation to Violence Prevention
Helps the user learn about primary prevention, the public health approach to violence prevention, and how that approach can be used to develop primary violence prevention programs.
Preventing Violence in Seven Countries: Global Convergence in Policies (PDF - 386 KB)
Junger, Feder, Clay, Côté, Farrington, & Freiberg
European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 13(3-4), 2007
Provides a brief review and comparison of violence prevention policies in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Safe Start Center
Offers information on emerging practices and research to implement effective policy and practice interventions to minimize the impact of exposure to violence on children and their families. Includes information on the Safe Start Initiative.
Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE)
Offers an online workspace where individuals, groups, organizations, and leaders in the community can collaborate to prevent youth violence. Resources on the site include State and local examples.
Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth (UNITY) Through Violence Prevention
Promotes collaboration across public and private sectors to maximize resources, ensure sustainability, and encourage effectiveness to prevent violence before it occurs. UNITY wants urban youth to thrive in safe environments with supportive relationships and opportunities for success.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013)
Presents Violence Educational Tools Online (VETO), an evolving resource for individuals committed to violence prevention that provides free accredited training; resources for program planning, implementation, and evaluation; and success stories featuring existing programs and strategies.
Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability
World Health Organization
Includes numerous resources on violence prevention activities around the world, including policy development and capacity building.
Youth Violence: Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention—A Sourcebook for Community Action
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009)
Evaluates the effectiveness of specific violence prevention practices in four areas: parents and families, home visiting, social and conflict resolution skills, and mentoring. The site offers a comprehensive directory of resources for more information about programs that have used these practices.
State and local examples
A Lifetime Commitment to Violence Prevention: The Alameda County Blueprint (PDF - 263 KB)
Alameda County Board of Supervisors (2005)
Recommends ways to address community violence by meeting four key objectives: Promoting positive child and youth development, ensuring supported and functioning families, fostering safe and vibrant neighborhoods, and increasing program and government effectiveness.