Special Feature: School Safety - Violence

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NIJ PDF School Safety: By the Numbers
School Safety: By the Numbers
Published in November 2017, this resource draws from NIJ's Summary of School Safety Statistics report developed as a part of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative. Included is data on school crime rates, shootings and other violence, school security measures, and more, with trends over time provided.

Publications

Indicators of School Crime and Safety
Bureau of Justice Statistics, Annual Report
Making Prevention a Reality: Identifying, Assessing, and Managing the Threat of Targeted Attacks
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2017
Understanding School Violence
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2016
Trends in the Prevalence of Behaviors that Contribute to Violence on School Property – National YRBS: 1991—2015
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2016
Student-Parent Reunification after a School Crisis
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, December 2014
Federal Agencies Can Better Support State Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Abuse by School Personnel
U.S. Government Accountability Office, January 2014
Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2013
Shifting Boundaries: Final Report on an Experimental Evaluation of a Youth Dating Violence Prevention Program in New York City Middle Schools
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2011
Peer-to-Peer Violence and Bullying: Examining the Federal Response
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, September 2011
Bomb Threats in Schools
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, August 2011
Shifting Boundaries: Lessons on Relationships for Students in Middle School
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2010
Responding to Gangs in the School Setting
Bureau of Justice Assistance- and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, November 2010
Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence (2nd Edition)
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, September 2009
Preventing, Preparing for Critical Incidents in Schools
National Institute of Justice, March 2009
Active Shooter: How to Respond
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, October 2008
Prior Knowledge of Potential School-Based Violence: Information Students Learn May Prevent a Targeted Attack
U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education, May 2008
Experimental Evaluation of Gender Violence/Harassment Prevention Programs in Middle Schools, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2008
The Effectiveness of Universal School-Based Programs for the Prevention of Violent and Aggressive Behavior
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2007
Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities
U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, 2007

Related Resources

Averted School Violence Near Miss Reporting System
Developed by the Police Foundation with funding support from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, this resource provides law enforcement officers, school personnel, and mental health professionals with the ability to share "close calls" in order to improve school safety and prevent tragedies.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): School Violence
This section of the CDC site provides access to information and resources on school violence, including data, risk and protective factor information, and prevention materials.
CrimeSolutions.gov
The National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov provides ratings of programs and practices, including programs that relate to school safety, to help determine what works, what doesn’t, and what’s promising.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ): School Crime and Safety
This section of the NIJ site provides access to NIJ research, resources, and initiatives related to school safety, including the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.
National Resource Center on School-Justice Partnerships (NRC-SJP)
With funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges created the NRC-SJP to serve as a one-stop-shop for jurisdictions seeking training and technical assistance to support implementation and sustainability of multidisciplinary initiatives to achieve positive school discipline reforms and reduce the school to juvenile justice pathway.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.
Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Initiative
The SS/HS Initiative is a federal grant-making program designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among our Nation’s youth, schools, and communities.
SchoolSafe
Developed by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center and available to vetted criminal justice professionals and school administrators, the SchoolSafe app provides for a means to conduct a physical assessment of a school campus (inside and out) to address potential trouble spots.
Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE)
STRYVE is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24.
U.S. Department of Education: Working to Keep Schools and Communities Safe
This site provides information about efforts aimed at ensuring that schools remain sanctuaries for teaching and learning, free of crime and violence.
Youth Violence Special Feature
This NCJRS Special Feature contains information and resources that focus on different forms of youth violence and prevention efforts aimed at addressing such violence.

See our School Safety topical page for access to additional resources and historical products.

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