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Tools, Stories, More

Each section also has corresponding Tools, Stories, Tip Sheets, and Resources related to that phase of implementation, or you can search for any of the referenced Tools, Tip Sheets, and Stories from the Resources page.

Tools, such as worksheets and checklists, build upon the guidance in each section and can be downloaded for use.
Tip Sheets elaborate on specific implementation topics mentioned in each section. These short documents can be downloaded for reference.
Stories illustrate how the concepts presented in each section can be applied. These brief real-life examples present how others have successfully done this work.
Resources provide a list of links to relevant readings or tools that may be useful.
Exposure to violence is associated with a range of physical and mental health outcomes, making violence prevention an important goal for all who are interested in achieving health equity. Some communities are more likely to experience greater rates of violence, including homicides, injuries and incarceration, due to inequities in the social and economic conditions needed for health and safety. There is evidence that a more concentrated focus on these conditions can potentially result in greater reductions in violence experienced by the populations and communities at greatest risk. To ensure the needs and challenges of the impacted communities are addressed, look for equity considerations in each section marked with this Purple Health Equity Icon.

CDC Resources for Action

Preventing violence can dramatically improve community well-being and attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Violence prevention efforts are stronger when they prioritize the strategies and populations highlighted in the figure below.

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The Division of Violence Prevention developed five Resources for Action that represent the best available evidence to prevent different forms of violence: child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, and youth violence. Each resource includes strategies to prevent violence from happening in the first place as well as to lessen the immediate and long-term harms of violence.

Each Resource for Action includes a select group of strategies, the specific approaches to advance each strategy, and the evidence supporting them.

Strategies lay out the direction or actions to achieve the goal of preventing violence.

Approaches are the specific ways of advancing a given strategy – accomplished through programs, practices, and policies. The Resources for Action include examples of policies, practices, and programs supporting each approach, which are a starting point but not a complete list.

Comprehensive violence prevention means addressing multiple factors and engaging multiple sectors, such as public health, government, and business. A comprehensive violence prevention plan includes a mix of strategies and approaches that address several risk and protective factors and how these factors affect people, communities, and society. In combination, the strategies in the Resources for Action are intended to change norms, environments, organizations and behaviors in ways that prevent violence or the factors that increase or buffer against the risk for violence. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes ChangeLab Solutions for their assistance in developing Violence Prevention in Practice. Learn the Violence Prevention Fundamentals on which these strategies are based.