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Violence Prevention

It is important that a safe environment is created in schools to ensure the highest level of learning can occur. Youth violence can have many different forms, including physical fighting, sexual violence/assault, intimate partner violence, bullying, and suicide. Violence can occur against another person, against self, and against property. As parents and educators it is vital that we take the proper steps to prevent youth violence. The National Youth Violence Prevention Center recommends the following steps:

  • Develop a safe school plan.

  • Establish before and after school programs.

  • Teach conflict resolution skills.

  • Ensure youth have positive adult role models.

  • Learn to recognize warning signs.

  • Enforce school policy.

  • Report threats, crime, or suspicious activity.

For further resources visit:

  • National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
    Developed by CDC in partnership with 10 other federal agencies, the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC) provides current information about youth violence. NYVPRC is a gateway for professionals, parents, teens, and others interested in obtaining comprehensive information about youth violence and suicide prevention.

  • Blueprints for Violence Prevention - In 1996, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), at the University of Colorado at Boulder, designed and launched a national violence prevention initiative to identify violence prevention programs that are effective. The project, called Blueprints for Violence Prevention, has identified 11 prevention and intervention programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program\effectiveness.

Bullying Prevention

NDE School Safety Center 

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth in the United States (CDC, 2006). More often, youth are sent seriously injured to the emergency room after attempting suicide. In 2003, 18% of Nebraska high school students reported that they seriously considered attempting suicide (Nebraska Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2003).Substance abuse is seen as a major risk factor for youth violence against themselves. Educators should be aware of the warning signs and risk factors to prevent suicide attempts in young people. For further resources visit:

  • American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
    The goal of the AAS is to understand and prevent suicide. Founded in 1968, AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide. 

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- A 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center helps states and communities increase their capacity to develop, implement, and evaluate suicide prevention programs. It provides technical assistance, information, resources and training. The Center is a cooperative effort between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Educational Development Center, Inc.