Preventing Youth Violence

April 8–12 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Learn more about how to prevent youth violence with CDC’s resources!

All young people deserve to grow up safely and thrive! The Division of Violence Prevention’s goal is to stop youth violence from happening in the first place and to promote approaches to reduce the immediate and long-term harms. Learn more about how to prevent youth violence with CDC’s resources!

Facts about Youth Violence

Youth violence is a significant public health problem that affects thousands of young people each day.

Youth Violence is Preventable

Community members, youth, and adults who care for youth have important roles in preventing violence, and their actions can contribute to the development of safe and supportive communities where young people can reach their full potential. Preventing youth violence requires addressing risk and protective factors at all levels of a young person’s life—individual, relational, community, and societal levels.

Resources for Prevention

Find ways to support youth violence prevention efforts in your community!

Visit CDC’s VetoViolence website for more online resources to prevent violence in your community. VetoViolence is CDC’s online source of free violence prevention trainings, tools, and other resources.