how can we prevent gang and youth violence?
- Talk to your children openly and honestly.
- Make sure your children are involved in healthy, supervised activities, especially after school.
- Find out where your children go in their free time.
- Get involved with your children’s education and their schools.
- Set limits for you children and enforce them.
Why is gang prevention important?
A balance of prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies is important for success in any community. Prevention programs target youth at risk of gang involvement and help reduce the number of youth who join gangs.
What happens if you join a gang?
Gang members may be killed or injured. Many put themselves in danger of disease, prison, and death. Many become dependent on alcohol and drugs. Gang members usually drop out of school, limiting their chances for higher education or good employment.
How big is the average gang?
Male gang members outnumber female gang members by a wide margin. Traditional gangs average about 180 members and specialty gangs — drug traffickers — are much smaller with only about 25 members on average. The ethnicity of gang members is 48% African-American, 43% Hispanic, 5% white, and 4% Asian.
What does the great program stand for?
Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula.
What are the different types of intervention strategies used to deal with the gang problem?
Suppression tactics may include: Sharing intelligence about gangs (between criminal justice actors such as law enforcement and corrections). Targeting and apprehending serious and chronic gang crime offenders. Using gang injunctions or civil ordinances to prevent association among known gang members.
What does youth violence mean?
Youth violence refers to violence that occurs among individuals aged 10–29 years who are unrelated and who may or may not know each other. It generally takes place outside of the home. It includes a range of acts from bullying and physical fighting, to more severe sexual and physical assault, to homicide.