Message From the Director
The Safe Harbor program addresses violence prevention
and victim assistance in school-based settings.
Developed in 1991 by Safe Horizon in New York City,
Safe Harbor addresses the underlying causes of violence
associated with youth and its impact on families and
The centerpiece of the program's five core components
is creating a "safe room" in the school where students
can receive support throughout the school day in a protective
The success of the program led OVC to provide Safe Horizon
with funding to replicate the Safe Harbor model on a
Safe Harbor Replication
Ten school sites, chosen because of their diverse student
populations, are used to illustrate how replication
sites adapted the program to meet their particular needs.
Problems Experienced by
Most school personnel said their interest in the program
stemmed from a desire to raise awareness about youth
violence, to provide a safe space for students in their
schools, and to change students' violent behaviors.
A 4-year study by the New York University School of
Social Work and a second study on two pilot sites revealed
positive program benefits.
For More Information
Training and Technical Assistance Center:
Safe Harbor replication project participants.
This document was prepared by Safe Horizon,
under grant number 1997VFGX0015, awarded
by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice
Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.The opinions, findings,
conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this document
are those of the author and do not necessarily represent
the official position or policies of the U.S. Department