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Violence Prevention and Intervention

Providing a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment is key to assisting students in their academic and career success. Preventing school violence requires addressing factors at the individual, relational, community societal levels. Research shows that prevention efforts by teachers, administrators, families, community members, and students can reduce violence and improve the school environment.

Below you will find examples of curricula, best practices and academic based-research. At no time should this list be considered exhaustive, as other evidence-based curricula, programs and practices may exist that are not posted here. These programs may be considered to assist schools and districts in developing and maintaining safe, supportive and healthy learning environments.

Evidence Based Programs, Curricula and Practices

Resources that have identified evidence based violence prevention and intervention efforts include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:

Additional Federal and State Resources

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Related Information and Resources

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response

Commercial and Sexual Exploitation

Hate Crimes Prevention and Intervention

Youth Violence

Additional Resources

  • Office of the Child Advocate

  • Resources shared during Fall 20923 from the U.S. Department of Education (USED):

    • The USED Office for Civil Rights published a Dear Colleague Letter and additional online resources in November 2023 to address the rise in reports of antisemitic, Islamophobic, and other hate- or bias-based incidents at schools and colleges. The letter reminds educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance of their legal obligations to provide all students - including those who are or are perceived to be Jewish, Israeli, Muslim, Arab, or Palestinian - a learning environment that is free from discrimination based on race, color, or national origin.

    • In November 2023, the National Center for Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, a technical assistance center funded by USED, released a collection of specialized resources for schools, designed to help educators, students, parents, and community members prevent antisemitism, Islamophobia, and related forms of discrimination.

    • In December 2023, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona hosted a webinar on how PK–12 schools (remarks and video) can support students and foster a safe, inclusive learning environment. The webinar presented resources to help respond to the rise in reports of antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Arab hate, and other forms of discrimination. Additionally, USED's Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships has online resources for preventing and addressing antisemitism and Islamophobia in schools.

For More Information:

The Office of Student and Family Support (SFS) via or 781-338-3010.

Last Updated: February 5, 2024

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