Evidence-Based Violence Prevention Programs and Best Implementation Practices

Ron Avi Astor, Michelle Rosemond, Ronald O. Pitner, Roxana Marachi, Rami Benbenishty

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This chapter reviews several examples of effective violence prevention programs as well as model school-safety programs. It shows that successful school-wide intervention programs have the following core underlying implementation characteristics: (i) they are comprehensive, intensive, ecological, and require "buy-in" from school and community; (ii) they raise the awareness and responsibility of students, teachers, and parents regarding the types of violence in their schools (e.g. sexual harassment, fighting, and weapons use); (iii) they create clear guidelines and rules for all members of the school community; (iv) they target the various social systems in the school and clearly communicate to the entire school community what procedures should be followed before, during, and after violent events; (v) they focus on getting the school staff, students, and parents involved in the program; (vi) they often fit easily into the normal flow and mission of the school setting; (vii) they use faculty, staff, and parents in the school setting to plan, implement, and sustain the program; (viii) they increase monitoring and supervision in non-classroom areas; and (ix) they include ongoing monitoring and mapping, which provide information that schools can use to tailor a program to their specific needs and increase its chance of success.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe School Practitioner's Concise Companion to Preventing Violence and Conflict
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199893515
ISBN (Print)9780195370706
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

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  • School safety
  • School violence prevention
  • School-based intervention


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