Domestic Violence Prevention Programs for Children and Youth
By promoting a culture of respect and nonviolence with children and youth at an early age, child welfare professionals hope to prevent future violent behavior. The following domestic violence prevention and awareness programs and resources are geared toward working with children and youth, including State and local examples.
Break the Cycle
Engages, educates, and empowers youth to build lives and communities free from domestic and dating violence by offering safety tools and resources.
Child Maltreatment, Youth Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence: Developmental Relationships
Fang & Corso
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 33(4), 2007
Examines the relationship between experiencing child maltreatment and perpetrating youth violence or intimate partner violence and its impact on the design of successful prevention interventions.
Creating Safe Environments: Violence Prevention Strategies and Programs
Prevention Institute (2006)
Provides an overview of promising violence prevention initiatives across the nation, with special focus on the primary prevention of violence affecting youth and adult intimate partner violence.
The Fourth R: Strategies for Healthy Youth Relationships
Develops and evaluates programs, resources, and training materials for professionals working with youth to target multiple forms of violence, including bullying, dating violence, peer violence, and group violence.
Lessons From Literature
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Offers a classroom manual, handouts, and other free resources to help teachers incorporate violence prevention lessons into existing English high school curricula.
Cultivates positive social change by uniting schools, families, and communities with a message of respect through Stand & Serve, an asset-based, peer-facilitated program fostering peace, respect, empathy, and ownership of the solution.
Young Men as Allies in Preventing Violence and Abuse: Building Effective Partnerships With Schools
Berkowitz, Jaffe, Peacock, Rosenbluth, & Sousa (2003)
Addresses the role of schools in working to end violence against women, including information on the components of an effective school-based program and ways to build partnerships with schools.
State and local examples
Benefits and Costs of Prevention and Early Intervention Programs for Youth
Aos, Lieb, Mayfield, Miller, and Pennucci (2004)
Describes prevention and early intervention programs for youth in Washington State and recommends best practices to ensure cost-effectiveness of the programs.
Developing a Statewide Model of Youth Activism in Violence Prevention: A Tale of Program Development and Evaluation (PDF - 110 KB)
Lanum & Barton-Villagrana
Community Youth Development Journal, 2005
Presents the YouthPeace®/SisterNet® program in Illinois, which is designed to encourage young people to be educated, active leaders in violence prevention and peacemaking in their families, schools, and communities.