Public health offers knowledge and experience in preventing school violence that can significantly enhance approaches to end school violence.Youth’s experiences, knowledge, and skills can influence their likelihood of becoming involved in violence.Public health approaches focus on preventing violence before it starts and have been shown to effectively reduce school and youth violence.
A 2017 CDC Report [PDF 4.32MB] found that approximately 7% of women and 4% of men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence by that partner before 18 years of age. Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.
Research shows that prevention efforts – by teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and even students – can reduce violence and improve the overall school environment.
No one factor in isolation causes school violence, so stopping school violence involves using multiple prevention strategies that address the many individual, relationship, community, and societal factors that influence the likelihood of violence.
Prevention approaches that involve the family, especially those that start early, can have substantial, long-term effects in reducing violent behavior.
The social environment of schools can influence the likelihood of violence.