Help Young People Grow Up Violence-Free

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All young people deserve to grow up safely and thrive. Learn how you can help prevent youth violence and #StopBullying in your community!

Did you know?
Each day more than 1000 youth are treated in emergency departments for physical assault-related injuries
Youth Violence
  • Youth violence affects thousands of young people each day.
  • Homicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 10-14 and the leading cause of death for non-Hispanic Black or African American youth.
  • It is linked to other forms of violence including teen dating violencesuicide, and adult intimate partner violence.
1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied at school in the last year.
  • Bullying is a type of youth violence.
  • Bullying can happen in person and through technology, known as cyberbullying or electronic bullying.
  • Bullying negatively impacts all youth involved including those who are bullied, those who bully others, and those who witness the bullying (bystanders).
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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

When young people are bystanders to bullying, they can use simple techniques like safely interrupting the situation or speaking up when they see bullying happening. If you have young people in your life, then share these strategies with them to help #StopBullying!
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We all have a role to play in preventing bullying.

Know the signs for bullying:

Not all children who are bullied show warning signs, but suggests being aware of these common signs:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomachaches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school

Know your role in bullying prevention:
Parents, school staff, and other caring adults can play a role in bullying prevention:

Prevention is possible. Learn how you can help!

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. We all have a role to play in preventing youth violence.

Promote family environments that support healthy development

  • Everyone can support programs that help families create and maintain safe and nurturing relationships and environments.
    • For example, early childhood home visitation programs, like the Nurse Family Partnership® (NFP) program, and parenting skill and family relationship programs like The Incredible Years®.

Provide quality education early in life

  • Everyone can support preschool enrichment with family engagement programs that provide high-quality early education and support to economically disadvantaged families to build a strong foundation for future learning and healthy development.
    • Examples include Child Parent Centers (CPCs) and Early Head Start (EHS)

Strengthen youth’s skills

  • Schools can participate in universal school-based violence prevention programs that often include guidance for teachers on ways to build youth’s skills, monitor and manage behavior, and build a positive school environment.
    • Examples include Good Behavior Game (GBG)Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies® (PATHS), Life Skills® Training (LST), and Steps to Respect (STR).

Connect youth to caring adults and activities

  • Schools and other youth serving organizations can offer after-school programs that provide opportunities for youth to strengthen their social and academic skills and become involved in school and community activities.
    • For example, the After School Matters (ASM) program offers students opportunities to practice leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • As a member of the community, you can volunteer for mentoring programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS)or volunteer as a tutor to create a relationship that will positively influence a young person’s growth, skills, and academic success.

Create protective community environments

  • As a community member, you can help change the physical and social environment by improving the physical characteristics of certain areas where people gather.
    • Examples include cleaning up sidewalks and other public spaces like vacant lots and sponsoring community events that bring people together.
  • As a community member you can also support street outreach programs like Safe Streets that work to change community norms about the acceptability of violence

Intervene to lessen harms and prevent future risk

  • Know where and how to get help.
    • Treatments like Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy® (TF-CBT) can help reduce symptoms of PTSD, depression, and behavioral problems, as well as strengthen positive parenting practices.
    • Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC), and Multisystemic Therapy® (MST) treatments are available for young people with histories of violence that can help prevent problem behavior in the future.

Hospital community partnership programs like SafERteens support youth after receiving care in emergency departments by using motivational interviewing and connecting them with case-management services.


CDC’s Youth Violence Prevention Resources
CDC’s webpage that contains youth violence prevention resources, including resources for bullying prevention. provides information on bullying, cyberbullying, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. – Spanish website

Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)
CDC’s DASH works to promote environments where youth can gain health knowledge and skills, establish healthy behaviors, and connect to health services.

CDC’s VetoViolence Facebook Page

Page last reviewed: October 14, 2021