Improving Outcomes for Children Exposed to Violence: Safe Start Promising Approaches

Children who are exposed to violence can experience negative effects throughout their lives, regardless of whether it is violence in the community, domestic violence, or abuse at home. This RAND report, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, details the Safe Start project, which evaluated evidence-based programs aimed at mitigating the negative impact of violence on children. Safe Start consisted of two phases: the first phase was a demonstration of promising practices to address children’s exposure to violence, and the second phase implemented those promising practices in 15 cities across the country. All sites were able to implement their programs, but families received fewer services than planned. The report includes these implementation challenges and offers recommendations for future programs serving children who have been exposed to violence.
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May, 2017
May 2017
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Two-Generation Approaches
  • Special Populations
    • Children Impacted by Toxic Stress
    • Domestic Violence Survivors