Recent acts of interpersonal violence in and around schools have motivated many communities to review student safety in their schools and to seek ways to prevent youth violence. Although school-associated violent deaths are rare compared with the violence young persons experience in homes and communities, they are important health events.1 Resources to assist communities in addressing youth violence include the following:
Blueprints for Violence Prevention. Researchers at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, supported in part by the U.S. Department of Justice and CDC, have generated descriptions of programs that met evaluation criteria for preventing youth violence. In addition, the center provides technical assistance with these programs. The blueprints are available at the center's World-Wide Web site, http://www.colorado.edu/cspv/*; or from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado, Boulder, Campus Box 442, Boulder, CO 80309-0442; telephone (303) 492-1032.
Violence in American Schools: A New Perspective.2 This book reviews the latest research on the causes of youth interpersonal violence and on school-based interventions that address this issue.
Youth Violence Prevention Team (YVPT) of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). The YVPT develops and disseminates science-based knowledge, intervention, and prevention strategies to promote efforts to prevent injuries resulting from assaultive and suicidal behavior. Information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/yvpt/yvpt.htm; or from the Division of Violence Prevention, NCIPC, CDC, Mailstop K-60, 4770 Buford Highway, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30341; telephone (770) 488-4646.
Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools.3 This manual, developed by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with other federal agencies and private education organizations, details characteristics of a safe school, early warning signs for troubled students, getting help for troubled students, developing a prevention and response plan, and responding to a crisis. Information is available at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP/earlywrn.html; or from the U.S. Department of Education, Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Room 3131, Mary E. Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2524.
Chicago Violence Prevention Strategic Plan. This document, coordinated through the Chicago Department of Public Health, is a framework for comprehensive citywide interpersonal violence prevention programs. Copies are available from Violence Prevention Programs, Chicago Department of Public Health, 333 S. State St., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60604; telephone (312) 747-8787.
Resources to Address Interpersonal Violence Among Youth. JAMA. 1999;282(6):522. doi:10.1001/jama.282.6.522-JWR0811-3-1