Adolescent Violence Prevention

Knowledge Path


This knowledge path about adolescent violence prevention has been compiled by NCEMCH at Georgetown University. The volume of materials on this topic is vast and covers many disciplines, including public health, medicine, criminal justice, education, and social services. This path offers a selection of current, high-quality resources from these disciplines that measure, document, and monitor the problem; identify risk and protective factors; and report on promising intervention strategies. Separate sections identify resources on specific aspects of adolescent violence: bullying, dating violence, family violence, firearms, gangs, media violence, school violence, suicide, and violent-crime victimization. This knowledge path is aimed at health and social services professionals, educators, policymakers, community activists, and families, and it will be updated periodically.


  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth violence is when young people aged 10-24 years intentionally use physical force or power to threaten or harm others. See CDC's Youth Violence: Definitions for a full definition and reasons why a consistent definition is important.
  • See CDC's Understanding Youth Violence, rev. ed. (2012). This fact sheet describes the problem of adolescent violence in the United States and outlines its occurrence and consequences, the groups at risk, and prevention strategies.
  • See CDC's Youth Violence: Facts at a Glance, rev. ed. (2012) for data about youth violence and violence-related behaviors, health disparities among victims of violence, non-fatal injuries due to violence, school violence, bullying, and juvenile arrests.

General Resources for Professionals



See the following set of NCEMCH resource briefs to identify additional data and statistics, literature and research, and programs about adolescent violence prevention.

News and Commentary

Resources for Families

Resources for Schools

Resources on Specific Aspects of Adolescent Violence



Media Violence

Related NCEMCH Resources

Adolescent Violence Prevention: Knowledge Path, 6th ed. (September 2010). (Updated: November 2014).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., NCEMCH.
Reviewers: Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., NCEMCH; Lissa Pressfield, M.H.S., Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., NCEMCH.