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This week of March is National Youth Violence Prevention Week. To help bring more awareness to this, we’ve teamed up with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network – also known as RAINN – to go over ways that we can prevent youth violence.
One way to help with this important cause is by a car donation to RAINN through our Donate-a-Car program. Proceeds from your vehicle donation go directly to RAINN and help them on their mission to stand up for survivors and to help end sexual violence in America.
RAINN in the biggest anti-sexual violence coalition in America and their headquarters is in Washington DC. They work to provide programs to aid survivors, prevent sexual violence, and make sure perpetrators receive justice. They also built and run a Hotline for National Sexual Assault at 800-656-HOPE.
There are many forms of violence including emotional, verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Typically violence is perpetrated by a person known to the victim which includes members of their family and peers.
Here are 3 Key Ways To Prevent Youth Violence
1. Bolster Safe Home Environments
We can work as a community and nation to raise non-violent youth. For parents and caregivers this may include:
- Restricting the exposure of violent media to our children.
- Seeking chemical and alcohol dependence treatments if necessary.
- Spending time as a family in wholesome activities that strengthen family unity.
- Talking to our children about appropriate ways to handle negative emotions.
- Creating rules of conduct and being consistent in enforcing the rules.
2. Partner With Schools to Be Proactive
After prevention method in the home environment, working with the school is the next effective way for violence prevention. We can help initiate and support in the schools:
- Youth violence prevention programs
- Support or advocate for screenings and intervention. This includes counseling for trauma, loss, abuse, use of alcohol or other drugs, etc.
- Implement early intervention for children who have several risk factors for violence.
- Build an environment at school where children a sense of inclusion and belonging.
3. Know the Risk Factors to Look For
Get educated on the different risk factors for youth violence by developmental age and ecological level so measures can be taken to intervene when multiple risk factors are seen.
Some risk factors in the infancy and childhood years may include:
- Certain behavioral disorders
- Genetic factors
- Lower intelligence
- Parental drug use
Risk factors In the early to late adolescent years and on into early adulthood may include:
- Involvement in crime and delinquency
- Low academic achievement
- Illicit drug use
- Harmful use of alcohol
- Child maltreatment
Some family and closer relationship risk factors might be:
- Poor parental supervision
- Harsh and inconsistent discipline by parents
- Divorcement of parents
- Teenage pregnancy
- Family history of antisocial behavior
- Unemployment in the family
- Delinquent peers
- Gang membership
- Bullying perpetration and victimization
- Access to firearms
Although youth violence is not a simple problem, improvements in prevention is possible. The best approach is to get educated and to implement these strategies to prevent violence before it happens. Donating used cars to charity like RAINN can go a long ways in supporting a worthy cause.