Safe Start Communities

 

Safe Start is a collaborative initiative involving national, state and local agencies led and coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) with the goal of preventing and reducing the consequences of children’s exposure to violence.

The initiative has funded the following communities across the country to work on core components of the initiative, including research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, resource development, dissemination of information and practice innovation.

Demonstration Sites (2000-2005)
Safe Start Promising Approaches Pilot Sites (2005-2009)
Safe Start Promising Approaches Communities (2010-2014)

Demonstration Sites (2000-2005)

Eleven demonstration sites were funded from 2000 to 2005 to create a comprehensive service delivery system to improve the accessibility, delivery, and quality of services for children exposed to violence and their families at any point of entry. A process evaluation broadened our understanding of how communities can successfully implement policy and practice interventions to minimize the negative consequences of exposure to violence.

Safe Start Promising Approaches Pilot Sites (2005-2009)

Fifteen Promising Approaches Pilot Sites, funded from 2005 to 2009, focused on implementing and measuring developmentally appropriate services for children exposed to violence within the context of the systems that serve them. A process and outcome evaluation of these sites broadened our understanding of the impact of specific intervention strategies on outcomes for children and families.

Safe Start Promising Approaches Communities (2010-2014)

Ten Promising Approaches communities, funded from 2010 to 2014, will provide evidence-based or theory-based interventions to prevent and reduce the impact of children's exposure to violence in their homes and communities. These interventions will address the needs of children and youth ages 0-17 who have been exposed to violence and their families through a comprehensive and collaborative approach that uses the current knowledge base to address children's exposure to violence.

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