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Every day, children across the country are exposed to violence in their home, school, and community. This exposure to violence can cause them significant physical, mental, and emotional harm along with long-term effects that can last well into adulthood.

Some violent acts, such as bullying, pushing, and shoving can cause children emotional and physical harm. Other forms of youth violence, such as gang violence and assault, can lead to serious injuries or even death.

Each neighborhood and community has unique experiences with violence and different resources available to them. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to preventing youth violence. However, by developing strategies that combine prevention, intervention, treatment, and reentry efforts, communities can help reduce such violence.

During National Youth Violence Prevention Week (April 3-7, 2017), access the Youth Violence Special Feature for topical information and access to OJP and other federal resources related to violence among youths and the prevention of such violence.

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What programs are available to prevent juvenile gun violence?
The National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) site provides ratings of justice-related ... Read More

Where can I find information on developing violence prevention plans for schools?
Information on developing violence prevention plans for schools is available in the Bureau of Justice... Read More

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Related Resources

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NCJRS Federal Sponsors

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

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National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)