CDC Releases Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action
CDC’s Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action and its companion guide provide information and actions to help all community members be a part of the solution.
There are steps that community leaders and members, public health professionals, families, adults who work with youth, and young people can take today that can stop youth violence before it starts.
- Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action
- Taking Action to Prevent Youth Violence: A Companion Guide to Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action
- CDC’s Youth Violence Prevention
- Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere
Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action
Research and experience in communities show it is possible to prevent youth violence. Everyone has an important role in stopping youth violence before it starts. CDC'sPreventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action [PDF 2.3MB]and its companion guide, Taking Action to Prevent Youth Violence [PDF 1.7MB], provide information and action steps to help each of us be a part of the solution.
What is Youth Violence?
The general term "Youth Violence" is used to describe when youth between the ages of 10 and 24 years intentionally use physical force or power to threaten or harm other people. Youth violence can take different forms. Examples include fights, bullying, threats with weapons, and gang-related violence. Youth violence typically involves young people hurting other youth.
All communities and all young people are affected by youth violence. Specific types of youth violence vary across locations and groups, but no place or person is immune. Youth can face violence from their peers in their neighborhoods, on the streets, online, and at their schools. Regardless of where youth violence happens, the consequences are felt by everyone—young victims, their friends, families, neighbors, schools, communities, and local organizations.
What are the Youth Violence Prevention Approaches with the Best Available Evidence?
Most communities need to identify a range of approaches and implement several specific activities in order to achieve local prevention goals. Some examples are presented below, but it is by no means a comprehensive list of evidence-based approaches or an endorsement of any specific program, policy, or practice.
Rather, the information is offered to help provide a sense of available evidence-based approaches and activities communities can select from and implement. More information about the specific programs, policies, and practices listed as examples can be found online throughCDC's STRYVE Strategy Selector Tool. This resource provides information about other programs, policies, and practices that have also been found to help prevent youth violence. Please keep in mind that the selection of specific programs, policies, and practices depends on the needs and resources of your community.
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