Launched as part of the Department of Justice's Defending Childhood Initiative, the Changing Minds national campaign seeks to raise awareness, teach skills, and inspire public action to address children's exposure to violence and trauma.
Defending Childhood is an initiative of former Attorney General Eric Holder that strives to harness resources from across the Department of Justice to:
Teen Dating Violence
The NCJRS Teen Dating Violence Special Feature contains publications and resources focusing on violence among dating youths and the prevention of such violence.
Within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, the Children's Bureau seeks to provide for the safety and well being of children through leadership, support for necessary services, and productive partnerships with States, Tribes and communities.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Child Welfare Information Gateway site provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
Cops, Kids and Domestic Violence
Developed for law enforcement, this National Child Traumatic Stress Network CD-ROM-based training focuses on the impact of domestic violence on children. It is approximately 20 minutes long and includes a combination of video and audio clips. The goal of the training is to provide officers with concrete information about what they can do when responding to the scene of a domestic violence call.
Crimes Against Children Research Center
The Crimes Against Children Research Center has conducted the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This project is designed to document the incidence and prevalence of children's exposure to violence, with special emphasis on exposure to domestic and community violence.
The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) CrimeSolutions.gov website is meant to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. Included on CrimeSolutions.gov is program, practice and topical information as well as OJP research related to children exposed to violence.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 2010 Conference
During the 2010 NIJ Conference, the following panel discussion was held:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Children and Violence
The Children and Violence section of the NIMH website highlights publications, research, and materials focusing on violence among young people, as well as the effects of violence on young people.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to the delinquency and victimization of juveniles.
The NCJRS Youth Violence Special Feature contains publications and resources focusing on violence among youths and the prevention of such violence.