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Youth Advocacy Resources


Bulletins for Teens

Our Teen Tools series explains how to recognize a crime, what emotions to expect, and how to receive or give help.  

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Youth Initiative Publications

  • Bulletins for Teens

    Part of our Teen Tools series, these bulletins explain how to recognize a crime, what emotions to expect, and how to receive or give help. Download the Teen Action Toolkit: Building a Youth-led Response to Teen Victimization for the complete Teen Tools series and practical guidance on how to create outreach projects involving youth. See the bulletins.

  • Outreach to Underserved Victims of Crime (2012)

    Developed by the National Crime Prevention Council and the Youth Initiative of the National Center for Victims of Crime, this guidebook and accompanying Web-based resources provide an overview of the challenges faced in conducting outreach to underserved teen victims of crime and highlights examples of the various projects and resources developed and implemented in local communities in the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative. Download the Guidebook

  • Dating Violence: Is it Abuse? (Brochure)

     


    Our dating violence brochure describes dating violence behavior, ways to protect yourself, and where to turn for help. Add your local contact information in the space provided to help victims in your community know where to turn.
  • Underserved Teen Victims Initiative: A Case Study Guide (2008)


    Developed by the National Crime Prevention Council and the Youth Initiative of the National Center for Victims of Crime, this guide highlights the campaign activities of each site chosen to participate in the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative program.  Sites located across the country worked hard to develop resources, host educational events and get the word out on teen victimization. This guide offers a unique look into each site’s work and celebrates its passion for teen victim outreach. Download the Guide
  • Chart a Course: Policies That Affect Victim Services for Teens (2008)


    Developed by the Teen Victim Initiative of the National Center for Victims of Crime, in partnership with the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice and the National Crime Prevention Council, this guidebook helps organizations develop policies for providing direct services to teens and handle challenges related to teens' status as minors. Download the Guidebook
  • Snitches Get Stitches: Youth, Gangs, and Witness Intimidation in Massachusetts (2007)


    Witness intimidation is a pervasive threat to the criminal justice system, particularly in crimes such as domestic violence, trafficking, and gang violence and drug trafficking. Yet few jurisdictions have developed a comprehensive response to the problem of witness intimidation. The study described in Snitches Get Stitches gathered information directly from youth on their views about gangs, reporting crime, relationships with law enforcement, and witness intimidation. This report contains ten key findings and six recommendations to help criminal justice authorities and communities better coordinate and focus their efforts to protect young witnesses to gang crimes. Download the Report
  • Teen Action Toolkit: Building a Youth-led Response to Teen Victimization (2007)

    Developed by the National Center for Victims of Crime, in partnership with the COPS Office, U.S. Department of Justice, this Toolkit is a resource for educators, law enforcement personnel, outreach workers, victim service providers, youth workers, teens, and others who might be interested in starting a youth-led effort to improve local policies, outreach, and services for adolescents. It includes handouts and exercises that can be used in working with teens. Download the Toolkit
  • Reaching and Service Teens: A Practical Handbook (2005)


    Developed by the Youth Initiative of the National Center for Victims of Crime in partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council, this handbook was designed to help adults work more effectively with teenage victims of crime. The handbook gives an overview of adolescent development and the way that victimization affects teens uniquely. It provides strategies for assessing the extent and nature of teen victimization in the community, creating effective outreach, making the service environment teen-friendly, and interacting with teens in helpful and productive ways. It also includes guidance on parent and family involvement and mandatory reporting. Download the Handbook.
  • Our Vulnerable Teenagers: Their Victimization, Its Consequences, and Directors for Prevention and Intervention (2002)


    This report, prepared by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and released jointly with the National Center for Victims of Crime, provides a comprehensive analysis of existing-but largely unnoticed-research and data on the crime experiences of American teenagers, ages 12-19, who make up about 14 percent of the general population, but represent 25 percent of victims of violent crime. Download the Report.