Prevention Strategies

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Blueprint for Violence Prevention is a national violence prevention initiative to identify violence prevention programs that are effective.  The initiative has identified 11 “Model” prevention programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness. The initiative has also identified 20 “Promising” programs that have been evaluated and also found to be effective.  The key difference between “Model” and “Promising” Blueprints programs is that Promising programs have been evaluated once, while Model programs have been evaluated more than one time.

STRYVE is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence.  To realize its vision—safe and healthy youth who can achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities—STRYVE is working to increase awareness that youth violence can and should be prevented, promote the use of youth violence prevention approaches that are based on the best available evidence, and provide guidance to communities on how to prevent youth violence.  STRYVE helps communities take a public health approach to preventing youth violence—stopping it before it even starts.

The SAMHSA Model Programs have been tested in communities, schools, social service organizations, and workplaces across America; many of these model programs show a reduction in substance abuse and other related high-risk behavior.

Stop bullying is an informational website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on bullying and cyber-bullying which includes tips, facts, toolkits, and training materials.

The Office of Justice Programs uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth is a resource is an information resource of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  They help current and prospective FYSB grantees – and anyone else who works with at-risk youth and families – to realize their goals, better serve their communities and improve the lives of young people and their families.

Dating Matters is a Teen Dating Violence prevention initiative are strategies to promote health teen relationaships by the CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based on the current evidence about what works in prevention. It focuses on 11 to 14 year olds in high-risk, urban communities. It includes strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools and neighborhoods.

Helpful links and On-line Resources

Peaceful Schools International


GLSEN - Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network

The League of Peaceful Schools

Reality Ave Diversity – How different are we really.