Preventing Violence Against Children and Youth

Preventing Violence Against Children and Youth

Working to integrate different approaches on identifying and preventing violence is paramount to creating safe, nurturing, healthy environments that protect children and youth from violence and its consequences.


Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action
A resource from CDC that describes evidence-based strategies for communities to use to help make neighborhoods safer and reduce youth violence.

MCH Program Injury and Violence-Related State Performance Measures and Priority Needs (2013)
A summary of the injury and violence prevention (IVP) related Priority Needs and Performance Measures that states developed for 2013.

State Statute Search: Child Welfare Information Gateway (ACF)
A mechanism for finding state legislation on specific child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption topics.

Youth Online
Analyze national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data from 1991-2011. Filter and perform statistical tests by state/territory and health topic.
Children's Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey

The National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) is the most comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children's exposure to violence to date.

Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE)

STRYVE Online Training
ASTHO is a partner of the STRYVE Action Council, which provides communities with information, training, and tools to put effective strategies into practice to stop violence before it occurs.

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
A set of demonstrated effective programs and the technical assistance and monitoring necessary to plan for and develop an effective violence intervention.

Essentials for Childhood Webinars

To view recordings, slides, and supporting resources from past ASTHO webinars about child maltreatment, visit the Essentials for Childhood page»   

Essentials for Childhood: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships
The steps suggested in Essentials for Childhood can help create neighborhoods and communities in which every child can thrive.

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers
A free, evidence-informed, online resource that provides parents of young children with information about how to address common parenting challenges and teaches skills that form the foundation of a positive parent-child relationship.

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Building Resilience

The Resilience Project
Website developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics that provides pediatricians and all medical home teams with the resources they need to modify practice operations to more effectively identify, treat, and refer children and youth who have been exposed to or victimized by violence.

American Academy of Pediatrics Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care
This 6-part series was designed for primary care practice to help increase understanding of ACEs and their impact on health. It provides suggestions for talking with families, identifying ways to prepare the medical home to address ACEs and other traumatic events, and more.

THRIVE: Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments
THRIVE is a tool developed by the Prevention Institute to help you understand and prioritize the factors within your own community that can help improve health and safety.

Shift Your Perspective: Apply Trauma-Informed Care
Information about trauma-informed care from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

State ACEs Work
Many states have developed strategies to address ACEs in their population. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Minnesota
Findings and recommendations based on the 2011 Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wisconsin
The report highlights ACE-related findings from the 2010 BRFS, as well as policy recommendations for addressing ACEs in Wisconsin.

Philadelphia ACE Task Force
The Philadelphia ACE Task Force is a collaboration and partnership between practitioners and public health leaders.

Building Resilience
Website developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with information from experts who are leading the way in preventing ACEs and mitigating their impact through building resilience.

Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) 
LONGSCAN is a consortium of research studies operating under common by-laws and procedures. Each site is conducting a separate and unique research project on the etiology and impact of child maltreatment.

National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), 1997-2014
NSCAW is a nationally representative, longitudinal survey of children and families who have been the subjects of investigation by Child Protective Services. 

Bullying Prevention

Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention
A list of ten strategies that represent best practices in bullying prevention and intervention.

Preventing Bullying: The Role of Public Health and Safety Professionals
This resource from the Children's Safety Network summarizes the role of public health in preventing bullying.

Bullying Surveillance Among Youths: Uniform Data Definitions for Public Health and Recommended Data Elements 
A tool to help organizations, researchers, evaluators, community groups, educators, and public health officials define and gather systematic data on bullying to better inform research and prevention efforts.

Bullying Prevention in Schools
A position statement from the National Association of School Nurses that outlines the role of the school nurse in the implementation of bullying prevention policies and strategies.

Measuring Bullying Victimization, Perpetration, and Bystander Experiences: A Compendium of Assessment Tools 
This compendium provides researchers, prevention specialists, and health educators with tools to measure a range of bullying experiences: bully perpetration, bully victimization, bully-victim experiences, and bystander experiences.
State Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies 
Through laws (in their state education codes and elsewhere) and model policies (that provide guidance to districts and schools), each state addresses bullying differently. Find out how your state refers to bullying in its laws and what they require on part of schools and districts.

Preventing Teen Dating Violence

Teen Dating Violence as a Public Health Issue 
This resource from the Children's Safety Network provides examples of state efforts to prevent dating violence, as well as specific steps public health professionals can take to prevent this issue.

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships
This is the largest initiative ever funded to prevent teen dating violence and abuse by teaching 11- to- 14-year-olds about healthy relationships. This innovative approach to prevention is rallying entire communities to promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence in middle schools.

Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships
CDC's teen dating violence prevention initiative.  It includes preventive strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods.  

Understanding Teen Dating Violence 
Fact Sheet from CDC summarizing the health impact of teen dating violence, as well as CDC's four-step approach to public health problems like dating violence.

Prevention and Intervention of Teen Dating Violence
Most programs to prevent dating violence focus on changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors linked with dating violence while focusing on the skills needed to build healthy relationships.

Longitudinal Associations Between Teen Dating Violence Victimization and Adverse Health Outcomes 
This study is the first to demonstrate the longitudinal associations between teen dating violence victimization and multiple young adult health outcomes in a nationally representative sample. Findings emphasize the need for screening and intervention for both male and female victims. (Pediatrics)