National Youth Violence Prevention Week
Every April during National Youth Violence Prevention Week, Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) promotes and encourages education about youth violence to create a safe and positive environment for youth to grow and succeed.
According to the Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2014 National Report, 61% of youth under the age of 17 were exposed to violence in the past year, either as a witness or a victim. Nearly 50% were victims of assault in the past year, more than 20% reported being bullied at school within their lifetime, and 12% of girls reported sexual victimization at some point in their lifetime.
Given these staggering statistics, National Youth Violence Prevention Week calls on parents, teachers, counselors, and teens to work together and help youth thrive without the threat or fear of violence. Remember, no effort is too small for making a positive change.
- Bystanders, speak up. Learn the signs of bullying, and talk to a principal, teacher or school counselor if someone you know is being bullied at school. They can best handle the situation and report incidents to the proper authorities.
- If you’ve been a victim of physical or sexual violence, talk to an adult or call one of the toll-free numbers listed below. Often, you can make these reports anonymously, without having to identify yourself.
- Engage with your community by downloading the Strategic Plan Development Toolkit, or use the Map My Community tool to find local violence prevention organizations that you can support.
- Use the National Youth Violence Prevention Week resources to help prevent crime, manage conflicts, and enhance service projects in your community.
- Talk to teens about healthy and unhealthy relationships with friends, family members, and romantic partners to help them identify signs of abuse.
Get help or report abuse:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) [24/7 hotline] or 1-888-628-9454 (Spanish)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
- National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (22-4453)
- National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs: 1-212-714-1141