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Violence has a negative impact on everyone: our neighborhoods, our communities, our families, our health. This supplement explains how it can be prevented.


CDC’s research and community work underscores the importance—and possibility—of preventing youth violence. A new report and action guide provides strategies that can help.


Access information on violence against children and youth anywhere, courtesy of WISQARS Mobile.

Understanding Evidence

Understanding Evidence is a free online resource designed to educate practitioners and community advocates about the value of making evidence-informed decisions around violence prevention.


Youth violence is a leading cause of death and injuries. When communities have a clear understanding of what youth violence is and who it affects, prevention efforts can be strengthened. This section describes youth violence and the importance of using consistent terms to define it.


Suicide is a leading cause of death. People who attempt suicide and their families, friends and communities can experience physical, emotional, and economic problems. But, preventing suicide is possible. You can help. Learn more.


Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. Using consistent definitions can help us know where and how it occurs and who is affected. Click here to find C


Electronic media, the Internet, cell phones, and chat rooms can provide wonderful opportunities for young people to increase knowledge, express creativity, and build new relationships. But, these same tools can also be used to embarrass, harass, or threaten peers.


Youth violence affects all communities and all members of a community. The good news is youth violence is preventable. Evidence-based youth violence prevention approaches can improve the well-being of everyone.

Risk Factor

Suicide is a complex issue, and our research is helping us better understand it so we can prevent it. Some factors can increase vulnerability to suicidal thoughts or behavior. Other factors in relationships, homes, and communities can help lower the risk. We can stop suicide, before it happens.