Prevent Violence NC is a cooperative effort by five statewide agencies to encourage coordinated violence prevention initiatives across North Carolina.
Here you’ll find the latest research and resources to help build key community, family, and individual strengths to prevent violence and promote health.

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Why Focus on Risk and Protective Factors

icon riskWhy does violence occur? How do we keep it from happening? Risk and protective factors can help us answer these two critical questions.  Read more...

Support and Programs Near You

icon supportAcross North Carolina, there are numerous examples of innovative programs working to end violence and support survivors. Read more...

You Can Help Prevent Violence NC

icon helpWhether you are looking to expand your current prevention program, start a new one, or join efforts with others, there are many resources and tools to help. Read more...

The state of North Carolina is rich with examples of communities, organizations, and individuals working to prevent violence. In this section we highlight innovative prevention work occurring throughout the state around Prevent Violence NC's highlighted Key Strengths. Check back frequently - Community Stories will be added regularly. To suggest a Community Story please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 Parenting and Violence Prevention

Economic opportunity and violence prevention

Positive Parenting and Violence Prevention





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Resources: Employment Stability and Economic Opportunity

Assessment, Implementation, Evaluation Tools

Community Toolbox: Planning an Adult Literacy Program
Needs assessment, planning, and implementation tools for adult literacy programs

Reinvesting in America's Youth: Lessons from the 2009 Recovery Act Summer Youth Employment Initiative
Implementation evaluation with key findings

Implementing Effective Youth Mentoring Relationships for High School Students
Implementation guide and lessons learned

Community Toolbox: Building Youth Mentoring Programs
Needs assessment, planning, and implementation tools for youth mentoring programs

Outcome Indicators: Employment Training/Workforce Development Program
Evaluation tools for job training program

Funding Sources


Triangle Community Foundation

AJ Fletcher Foundation

Appalachian Regional Commission

Weaver Foundation of Greensboro

Women's Fund of Winston-Salem


College Foundation of North Carolina

Duke Energy Foundation

Golden Leaf Foundation

Grantmakers for Southern Progress

NC Rural Economic Development Center

Z. Smith Reynolds


National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Ceres Foundation

Lowe's Toolbox for Education

Prudential Foundation

RGK Foundation

Starbuck's Foundation

US EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training

US DHHS Administration for Children and Families

US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

US Department of Labor American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

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Resources: Positive School Climate and School Connectedness

Assessment, Implementation, Evaluation Tools

ASCD School Improvement Tool
Free online school assessment (including school climate)

National School Climate Center
School climate measurement tool

Safe Communities Safe Schools

National School Climate Center
Implementation resource

School Climate Implementation Road Map
Implementation guide

Teaching Tolerance (Southern Poverty Law Center)
Classroom activities and resources

Search Institute Publications
Tools and research based on 40 development assets for youth success

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool
Tool to help districts and schools analyze their current health education program, including violence prevention curricula

NC DPI Toolkit for Parent, Family, and Community Involvement
NC-specifc toolkit to increase school engagement

NC DHHS Women's and Children's Health
NC-specific data on child outcomes

Poe Center
NC-specific data and program resources for bullying prevention

Funding Sources




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Resources: Community Connectedness

Assessment, Implementation, Evaluation Tools

Community Tool Box Identifying and Mapping Community Assets
Community assessment guide and tools

Community Tool Box Strategies for Community Change and Improvement
Community organizing guide and tools

CDC's Community Guide Model for Linking Social Environment to Health
Conceptual model, example interventions to build cohesion and collective efficacy

Neighborhood Association Toolkit from City of Providence, RI
Implementation guide

Neighborhood Leadership Toolkit from City of Henderson, NV
Implementation guide

Social Capital Building Toolkit - Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Sander & Lowney, 2006)
Implementation and evaluation guide

SCI Social Capital Inc. - Practical Ways to Build Social Capital in Communities
Resources and tools for social capital-building

Neighborhoods, USA
Example programs, neighborhood awards, regional conferences

Center for the Study of Social Policy "Making a Difference in Your Neighborhood"
Handbook for neighborhood improvement/engagement activities

Community Tool Box Implementing Photovoice in Your Community
Photovoice implementation guide

NC-specific data on social capital in three communities (Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro)
Data sources

Funding Sources




National Hotlines

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