Violence Prevention

Violence impacts everyone; either as a perpetrator, victim or witness. It encompasses a wide range of harmful behaviors including physical aggression, bullying, assault, fighting, threats or attempts to hurt others, the use of weapons, electronic aggression and gang violence.

School violence, in particular, creates a negative school climate that can impact academic and emotional success of students.

The good news is that research suggests that violence can be prevented by decreasing risk factors and increasing protective factors in individuals, schools and communities.

Parents, teachers and community members can learn ways to promote positive youth development and create schools and communities where youth feel safe and successful. provides credible, reliable health information to adults and youth. The youth violence section provided the most current information about violence, violence prevention.

  • Youth Violence
    Facts at a Glance.This fact sheet provides up-to-date data and statistics on youth violence.
  • Preventing Youth Violence
    Program Activities Guide This guide describes CDC’s public health activities and research to prevent youth violence.
  • Surgeon General’s Report on Youth Violence
    This report clarifies trends in youth violence, identifies risk factors, and reviews the effectiveness of specific prevention strategies.
  • The Teaching Tolerance Webinar Series
    Looking for inspiration and support? These webinars offer helpful guidance and great ideas, from experienced teaching and learning specialists and from other educators in the Teaching Tolerance community. These on-demand webinars support practices that can help reduce prejudice, improve intergroup relationships and promote equitable experiences for all students.

For more information visit the following websites:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information about a variety of health and safety issues including school violence, emergency preparedness, suicide,disease prevention and healthy living.
    Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24.
    National Center works with school districts and communities as they plan, implement, and sustain initiatives that foster resilience, promote mental health, and prevent youth violence and mental and behavioral disorders.

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Youth Violence

Fact sheet provides an overview of youth violence.