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Crime prevention publications available.

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has announced the release of a new publication illustrating how communities can prevent violence.

"Preventing Violence: Programs Ideas and Examples," an 84-page report, is the first in the Special Focus on Crime Prevention series. It provides ideas for program partners, techniques and considerations for effective programs, and 27 examples of community and neighborhood violence prevention efforts at work.

This complete guide emphasizes that violence prevention can include a wide variety of activities ranging from mediation and other direct conflict management to improving communication between police and the community. Programs hosts include neighborhood groups, community non-profit agencies, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement agencies, college campuses, high schools, social service organizations, and more.

The report suggests ways that individuals and groups can directly or indirectly address various aspects of violence through such activities as community patrols, counseling, self-protection education for children and adults, mentoring of youth, development of positive activity alternatives for young people, reducing gang tensions, education youth and adults against ethnic violence, and more.

Programs profiled come from large and small communities around the nation, from Boston, Mass., to Los Angeles, Calif., from Gainsville, Fla. to Minneapolis, Minn.; from Lakewood, Colo. to Red Springs, N.C. Each of the 27 progrmas is profiled in depth: its setting and rationale, the focus of the effort, key strategies, signs of success, community partners, funding sources, and challenges encountered.

Another NCPC report, "Creating a Climate of Hope: Ten Neighborhoods Tackle the Drug Crisis" documents the planning process that helped focus local energy, the partnerships that developed, the strategies that local groups found effective in addressing various aspects of the crime and drug issues they faced.

"Creating a Climate of Hope" reports on results, benefits, and lessons learned in this 30-month effort.

A third NCPC publication is "Given the Opportunity: How Three Communities EngagedTeens as Resources in Drug Abuse Prevention", explains how 3,500 youth reached almost 100,000 people in their communities in less than two years at an average cost of less than $900 per project for each of 92 projects. The report spells out how Evansville (IN), New York City, and South Carolina enabled their young people to identify and tackle drug abuse prevention needs through Teens as Resources against Drugs (TARAD). Guidelines for starting a local program are also included.

For a single copy of any of these publications contact Janet Quist by phone at (202) 626-3020 or FAX at (202) 626-3043...
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Author:Quist, Janet
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:May 4, 1992
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