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NIJ Study Finds School Interventions Significantly Reduce Dating Violence

November 16, 2011

A National Institute of Justice (NIJ) study has found that school-level interventions reduced dating violence as much as 50 percent in 30 New York City public schools. These interventions included using school-based restraining orders, increasing faculty and security presence in dating violence "hot spots," and hanging posters to increase awareness of the issue and encourage students to report it to officials. NIJ is a research branch of the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice.

"The success of school-level interventions is particularly important because they can be implemented with very few extra costs to schools. The scientific methods in this study were rigorous," said NIJ Director John H. Laub, Ph.D.

Resources:

Read a press release about the study, at www.ojp.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/2011/OJP_PR-110911.pdf.

Read the full report, at www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/236175.pdf.

Read a blog post by John Laub on teen dating violence, at blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/archives/1749.

 

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