Violence in Schools and Communities

Report on Gun Violence
The Youth Violence Project has contributed to a new national report on the prevention of gun violence. The full report, APA Report on Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy, was prepared by a team of experts on violence prevention. The report highlights the role of behavioral threat assessment, which is a violence prevention strategy that YVP has been working on since 2001.

College Campus Violence:  The shootings at Virginia Tech brought college campus violence to the forefront.

Myths About School Violence:  Research shows that many commonly held beliefs about youth violence (e.g. school violence is increasing, youth violence is intensifying) are incorrect.

National Statistics:  Statistics assessing violence in schools on the national level, with commentary.

School Crisis Response Resources:  Links to resources pertaining to school crisis response.

School violence: Fears versus facts: Professor Cornell’s book on understanding violence in schools.

Violent Incident Coding Guide: Our measure of instrumental versus hostile/reactive aggression is available for research use.

Virginia Statistics:  Statistics assessing violence in Virginia schools, with commentary.

Zero Tolerance:  Is zero tolerance an effective response to school violence?

Violence in schools is not a new problem. Reports of student violence can be found throughout American history. Congressional inquiries over a perceived increase in youth violence in schools can be found in every decade since the 1950s (e.g., Bayh, 1975; Crews & Counts, 1997). School safety should be recognized as an ongoing concern that deserves more systematic and sustained attention, and reliance on evidence-based practices rather than sporadic, crisis-driven responses to high profile incidents (Cornell & Mayer, 2010). Research suggests that we should develop a long-term strategic plan for school safety.

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