Safe Neighborhoods, Safe Lives

Things that Prevent or Reduce the Impact of Violence in the Community
When violence is pervasive, people may feel powerless to stop it. But there is good news—it is preventable. We know a lot about how people and communities can encourage safety. There are many ways to not only reduce the chances of violence, but to also reduce its impact when it happens.

We can all help decrease the number of injuries and disabilities that are caused by violence in our communities and, just as importantly, reduce the emotional impact on individuals. This will improve long-term health and mental well-being. Addressing the impact of violence can improve everyday life for the whole community. Remember: safe communities are strong communities. When community members feel safe, their chances for a healthier life improve.

These tips are based on what researchers have learned about what can work to prevent violence. Some tips relate directly to the risk of violence, focusing on things like weapons and conflict. For other tips, the link to violence is less obvious, but we know that supporting healthy youth development and improving community environments are important tools for violence prevention. We are also beginning to understand that helping those who have been hurt to heal and teaching people how to cope with stress are important too. Taken together, these tips provide each and every one of us with a powerful collection of prevention tools. We all can contribute to the safety and health of our neighbors, family and friends.

We believe these evidence-based tips provide a way to translate research results into action to build strong communities that support youth and their families.

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Learn more about how these tips were developed


Tips for Youth


Tips by Topic


We also have developed several bookmarks with these tips for you to print and use.

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