Problems Experienced by Replication Sites
Eighty percent of the school personnel who were interested in the Safe Harbor program cited the following reasons for their interest:
Between 65 and 70 percent mentioned reasons that include raising awareness about the impact of violence and victimization, providing a safe space within the school, changing students violent behaviors, and enhancing existing services by adding Safe Harbor components. More than 80 percent of personnel were aware of the following behaviors in their school: threatening, insulting/name calling, hitting, and shoving. Between 53 and 70 percent were aware of acts of intimidation, slapping, and uninvited sexual advances. Thirty-five percent were aware of incidents of choking others and carrying weapons.
As part of the assessment process, a survey asked schools to rate how various stakeholders would perceive certain issues. One issue was the seriousness of violence in the school, and the other was the priority that the stakeholders place on addressing violence. On a scale from one to five (not serious to very serious)with an average rating of 3.9school personnel believe they perceive violence to be a more serious issue than do other stakeholders. Teachers and other school personnel rated their view of the seriousness of violence between an average of 3.7 and 3.8; parents and students rated their concern at 3.3 and 3.1 respectively. Participants in the Safe Harbor program perceived themselves as being the most interested in addressing violence in their schools (an average of 4.8). Teachers and other school personnel on average rated addressing violence in school as a priority between 4.2 and 4.4 while parents and students rated it at 4.0 and 3.2 respectively.