Violence Prevention

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Youth are disproportionately affected by violence. Between the ages of 12 and 17, they are twice as likely as adults to be victims of simple assault. In 2001, 38% of 9th grade girls and 59% of 9th grade boys in Minnesota reported that they had been pushed, shoved or grabbed at school during the past year. Violence takes many forms, and includes verbal, emotional, sexual and physical abuse.

In response to this, the Minnesota Department of Health has several programs that address violence-related issues affecting youth.

This page serves as a gateway to the resources that MDH has on its website for people working on various facets of youth violence prevention. Resources include surveillance data of intentional fatal and nonfatal injuries, best practices strategies, information sharing networks, and more.

Sexual Violence

MDH Sexual Violence Prevention Home Page – Find the MDH Injury and Violence Prevention Unit’s top recommended resources and websites for preventing rape, dating violence and sexual violence.

Healthy Minnesotans Strategies for Public Health, Volume 2 - Violence Strategies (PDF: 66 pages / 539 kb) – Look under the “Sexual Violence” category for specific strategies.

Bullying & School Violence

Healthy Minnesotans Strategies for Public Health, Volume 2 - Violence Strategies (PDF: 66 pages/539K) – Look under the “Youth Violence” category for strategies that address bullying prevention and school-based programs.

Coordinated School Health – Reducing and preventing intentional injury is one of the targeted health behavior goals of the Coordinated School Health program. Find resources to support this work in schools here.

Youth Violence

Best Practices to Prevent Youth Violence – This report gives a quick summary of the Healthy Minnesotans Strategies for Public Health for youth violence prevention.

Healthy Minnesotans Strategies for Public Health, Volume 2 - Violence Strategies (PDF: 66 pages/539K) – This document gives a complete description of strategies to prevent youth violence, and links to resources to support work on these strategies.

Firearm Injuries – The Injury & Violence Prevention Unit shares data on intentional firearm injuries, which disproportionately affect youth. Also find best practices for prevention of firearm-related injuries.

Violence Prevention Information Sharing Group – This is an MDH email service that provides information about funding, new resources, important reports, news, conferences and trainings, Minnesota events and more on youth violence. It pays particular attention to resources that address protective and risk factors that are related to violence prevention. If you would like to be added to the email list, please contact Deb Trombley at with your name, organization, street address and email address.

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