Youth Violence Prevention
The complex factors contributing to youth violence in the U.S. and abroad are found at the individual, family, community, and societal levels.
Through centers such as the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention and the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, AIR provides resources that support the overall well-being of all children and youth.
Read more about our public health approach to youth violence prevention, which includes research, evaluation, and training and technical assistance across multiple systems, and addresses topics such as bullying, mental health, mentoring, child welfare, and juvenile justice.
Published in two parts, “Understanding and Intervening Bullying Behavior” and “Creating a Supportive Classroom Climate,” this toolkit helps educators identify, address, and prevent bullying behavior through a series of workshops and exercises.
Dating Violence and Abuse
Raising a Red Flag on Dating Violence Evaluation of a Low-Resource, College-Based Bystander Behavior Intervention Program
Encouraging bystanders to intervene safely and effectively in situations that could escalate to violence—known as bystander behavior programs—is a growing yet largely untested strategy to prevent dating violence. Findings showed an increase in bystander behaviors, such as encouraging a friend who may be in an abusive relationship to get help, after watching a 30-min presentation on dating violence.
Research shows that schools can make a difference in preventing interpersonal teen violence. Our National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments produced this training toolkit on teenage dating abuse for instructional support personnel, such as guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and other professionals.
International Youth Violence Prevention
The Latin American and Caribbean region is home to less than 8% of the world’s population, but its rates of crime and violence are some of the highest in the world, with 37% of all homicides. The Latin America and the Caribbean-Youth Violence Prevention project helps USAID and its partners successfully implement crime and violence prevention programming in the region.
Violence against children is an enormous challenge in Haiti. Recovering from political instability and natural disaster, Haiti has a weak service delivery system, as well as inadequate response and referral systems for child protection. There are ongoing efforts to quell family and community violence in Haiti, and AIR is working with a variety of local child protection stakeholders to address patterns of behavior and attitudes towards violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of Haitian children.