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.
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.
Children and Domestic Violence: Listening and Talking to Your Child About Domestic Violence (PDF - 229 KB)
Futures Without Violence & The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2014)
Explains how children may react when exposed to domestic violence and provides tools for parents on how to make children feel safe and valued.
Domestic Violence and Children: Questions and Answers for Domestic Violence Project Advocates (PDF - 3,940 KB)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2010)
Answers common questions about the unique needs of children exposed to domestic violence, including typical short-term responses and factors in recovery.
Fostering Resilience, Respect & Healthy Growth in Childhood and Beyond
Kimball & Keene (2016)
Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Leadership Forum & National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Incorporates trauma-informed practice in order to develop strategies to foster resilience in children. This collection of resources emphasizes the importance developing healthy attitudes and behaviors as a means of reducing gender-based violence in future generations.
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.
Promising Futures: Best Practices for Serving Children, Youth, and Parents Experiencing Domestic Violence
Connects visitors with current research and interventions for children and youth experiencing domestic violence. This resource includes local and State examples, as well as information for specific populations.