"The Safe Start Initiative The Safe Start Initiative is a collaboration funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) involving national, State, and local public and private agencies working together to prevent and reduce the consequences of childhood exposure to violence."
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"High levels of violence across the U.S. compared with other countries suggest that there are beliefs, values, and policies underlying our national culture that, if better understood and thoughtfully discussed, could reduce violence."
"Substance abuse is a far more substantial determinant of violence;"
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"Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline."
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"Examples of relationship level prevention programs:
• Child-parent centers that offer education and family support to promote positive child development
• A mentoring program that pairs youth with caring adults
• A peer program that teaches young people how they can promote positive norms for dating in their circle of friends
• Relationship workshops where couples work with other couples on communication strategies
• An art program that pairs elders from a senior center with children from a preschool program."
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"In 1990 a couple from NYC launched Ready, Willing & Able, a ground-breaking transitional work program and the nation’s first large-scale social enterprise. Designed to provide economic opportunity to homeless men, the program quickly proved equally effective in transitioning formerly incarcerated men into mainstream society. Ready, Willing & Able has since helped more than 22,000 men transform their lives."
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"To prevent youth from joining gangs, communities must strengthen families and schools, improve community supervision, train teachers and parents to manage disruptive youth, and teach students interpersonal skills."
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