Programs, organizational practices, and policies address the complex factors that contribute to violence by decreasing underlying risk factors and increasing resilience factors. Young people, families, and communities with increased resilience and decreased risk are more likely to thrive and be safe from violence. Combining programs with policies and practices contributes to more effective and sustainable outcomes.


  • Reduces risk factors and increases resilience factors
  • Strengthens communities, families & young people
  • Oriented to changing norms about violence
  • Place or population based
  • Prioritizes prevention
  • Balances immediate, intermediate & long-term priorities
  • Brought to scale
  • Culturally compotent and relevant
  • Developmentally appropriate