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Access the following websites for additional information and resources on this topic:

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
The mission of BJS is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

The National Institute of Justice's CrimeSolutions website is meant to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. Included on CrimeSolutions is relevant program and topical information pertaining to youth gangs and youth violence.

Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program
The G.R.E.A.T. program provides classroom instruction for school-aged children and a wide range of community-based activities that result in the necessary life skills and a sense of competency, usefulness, and personal empowerment that are needed to avoid involvement in youth violence and criminal activity.

Model Programs Guide (MPG)
MPG contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs. See the Gang Prevention, Gun/Community Violence, and Violent Offenses pages to access information about rated programs.

National Gang Center (NGC)
Funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the NGC disseminates information, knowledge, and outcome‐driven practices that engage and empower those in local communities with chronic and emerging gang problems to create comprehensive solutions to prevent gang violence, reduce gang involvement, and suppress gang‐related crime.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
NIJ supports research that strives to understand and reduce the occurrence and impact of violent crimes. This includes describing the scope of these crimes, such as how and when they occur and their consequences. NIJ also supports evaluations of existing programs, practices and policies meant to prevent violent crime or to assist victims.

National Public Safety Partnership (PSP)
Coordinated by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, PSP provides a framework for enhancing federal support of law enforcement officials and prosecutors as they aggressively investigate and pursue violent criminals—specifically those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking, and gang violence.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
OVC is committed to enhancing the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. Visit OVC's Child and Youth Victimization page for access to OVC, OVC-sponsored, and other materials that focus on victimization of youth.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to youth delinquency and victimization.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)
PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful.

Statistical Briefing Book (SBB)
Developed for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, SBB provides access to data analysis and dissemination tools for quick and easy access to detailed statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics, including youth homicide victims and youth victims of violence.

Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE)
Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, STRYVE is a national initiative to prevent youth violence.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
The YRBSS monitors health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults in the United States, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.

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Date Modified: April 12, 2022
Date Created: August 17, 2020