Violence Prevention

Domestic violence and violence against women and children is a global epidemic. Prevention is crucial in stopping violence before it starts. The World Health Organization estimates that 150 million girls under the age of 18 have experienced some form of sexual violence. Studies also indicate that as many as six out of 10 sexual assaults are committed against girls ages 15 and younger.

Parent photoEvidence-Based Interventions in Violence Prevention
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CDC is expanding its violence prevention work by investigating how evidence-based interventions to prevent violence are being implemented in the field and whether they make programs more effective. For example, CDC is examining the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) system to see how it is working in U.S. communities and how to scale it up successfully.


couple walkingSaltzman Endowed Fund Award
As a partner with CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), the Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award recognizes an outstanding new investigator working in the field of domestic violence, violence against women or dating violence. Futures Without Violence, CDC and a committee of experts selects an individual to receive the award every other year. Emily F. Rothman, Sc.D., Associate Professor,Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, received the award in 2012.


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The CDC Foundation is helping CDC in the global fight to end sexual violence against girls. Funded by the Nduna Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund and individual donors, this initiative is a partnership between BD, Clinton Global Initiative, Grupo ABC, PEPFAR, United Nations Development Programme, U.S. Department of State and CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Data has led to program implementation and interventions such as the introduction of legislation, establishment of child-friendly courts and integration of sexual offense units trained to work with children in police stations.


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