Youth groups against dating violence
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to preventing youth violence.
However, communities can help reduce youth violence by developing a city-wide strategy that combines prevention, intervention, treatment, and re-entry strategies.
It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.
The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.
Many prevention tools have been developed and implemented; many of these prevention programs and strategies have been evaluated, and found to be effective at preventing violence and related behaviors among youth.
The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention is working with communities to design these strategies.
Unfortunately, teen dating violence—the type of intimate partner violence that occurs between two young people who are, or who were once in, an intimate relationship—is a serious problem in the United States.
In 2012, more than 630,000 young people ages 10-24 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from violence.
Each neighborhood and community has unique experiences with violence and different resources available to them.