Violence in Schools and Communities

Interdisciplinary Statements on Preventing Violence
The Youth Violence Project contributed to two interdisciplinary statements on violence, which have been endorsed by hundreds of organizations, scholars, and practitioners. The 2018 statement was completed after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida and the 2012 statement was completed after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Report on Gun Violence
The Youth Violence Project has contributed to a new national report on the prevention of gun violence. The full report, APA Report on Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy, was prepared by a team of experts on violence prevention. The report highlights the role of behavioral threat assessment, which is a violence prevention strategy that YVP has been working on since 2001.

College Campus Violence:  The shootings at Virginia Tech brought college campus violence to the forefront.

Locations of Homicides: Our research with FBI homicide data shows that schools are far safer than other locations such as homes, roads and parking lots, stores, and restaurants.

Myths About School Violence:  Research shows that many commonly held beliefs about youth violence (e.g. school violence is increasing, youth violence is intensifying) are incorrect.

National Statistics:  Statistics assessing violence in schools on the national level, with commentary.

School Crisis Response Resources:  Links to resources pertaining to school crisis response.

School violence: Fears versus facts: Professor Cornell’s book on understanding violence in schools.

Violent Incident Coding Guide: Our measure of instrumental versus hostile/reactive aggression is available for research use.

Virginia Statistics:  Statistics assessing violence in Virginia schools, with commentary.

Zero Tolerance:  Is zero tolerance an effective response to school violence?

Violence in schools is not a new problem. Reports of student violence can be found throughout American history. Congressional inquiries over a perceived increase in youth violence in schools can be found in every decade since the 1950s (e.g., Bayh, 1975; Crews & Counts, 1997). School safety should be recognized as an ongoing concern that deserves more systematic and sustained attention, and reliance on evidence-based practices rather than sporadic, crisis-driven responses to high profile incidents (Cornell & Mayer, 2010). Research suggests that we should develop a long-term strategic plan for school safety