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In Focus: School Safety


Our nation's schools should be safe havens for children, yet school violence remains a threat that can lead to devastating outcomes.

Research has shown that children victimized in school are more prone to skipping school, poor academic performance, dropping out, and violent behaviors. For teachers, incidents of victimization may lead to professional disenchantment or departure from the profession altogether.

Through the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, the Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP’s) National Institute of Justice is developing knowledge about the root causes of school violence, identifying and creating strategies for increasing school safety, and rigorously evaluating innovative school safety strategies through pilot programs.

During Safe Schools Week (October 15-21), see the School Safety Special Feature for access to OJP and other federal resources related to maintaining safe school environments.

Access the School Safety Special Feature


Development of a Standard Model for School Climate and Safety Assessment

Indicators of School Crime and Safety

Sharing Ideas and Resources to Keep Our Nation's Schools Safe

Summary of School Safety Statistics

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Related Resources

CrimeSolutions.gov: School Safety

Model Programs Implementation Guide (I-Guide): School-based Bullying Prevention

NIJ: School Crime and Safety

SchoolSafe: Security and Safety Assessment App for Schools

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Date Created: August 18, 2020

Did You Know?

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Youth Bullying and Suicide: The Reality for Schools Today
October 24, 2017 | 2 p.m. ET | Webinar

National School Safety Conference
January 24-25, 2018 | Las Vegas, NV

National School Safety Conference & Exposition
July 23-27, 2018 | Orlando, FL

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