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.
- Examples include bullying, fighting, threats with weapons, and gang-related violence.
- Every 24 hours, 14 young people are the victims of homicide—this is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10–24.
- Violence can increase a young person’s risk for depression, smoking, substance use, high-risk sexual behavior, academic difficulties, and suicide.
- Youth violence is an adverse childhood experience (ACE) linked to other forms of violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating violence, sexual violence, suicide, and adult intimate partner violence.
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!
- CDC’s technical package, A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors, Cdc-pdf[4.9 MB] features strategies and approaches based on the best available evidence to help states and communities prevent or reduce youth violence. It is also available in Spanish. Cdc-pdf[3.89 MB]
- Violence Prevention in Practice focuses on taking action to select and implement the strategies in the youth violence technical package linked above. The resource is designed to support state and local health departments and other stakeholders who have a role in planning, implementing, and evaluating violence prevention efforts.
- Learn more about how CDC is addressing youth violence through the Youth Violence Prevention Centers (YVPCs). Through local partnerships, the YVPCs develop, implement, and rigorously evaluate innovative strategies to prevent violence and create safer, healthier family and community environments for youth.
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.