Areas of Focus

Youth Violence

The U-M Injury Prevention Center has unique expertise in youth violence prevention. From funded exploratory studies to educational events, we are working to find ways to prevent youth violence, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence across populations in the Great Lakes Region and across the United States. Below you’ll find links to more information about our work in this area, as well as a listing of members doing work or interested in this area. We invite you to explore and join us as we move forward to advance research and prevention.

Video Vignette --2018 Summit on the Prevention of Campus Sexual Assault: Summary and Next Steps

The U-M Injury Prevention Center is pleased to announce the release of the Campus Sexual Assault Summit video vignette. The vignette highlights the key takeaways from the day and provides direction in thinking about next steps in campus sexual assault prevention research.

PreventConnect Podcast highlights Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Summit

The Summit on the Prevention of Campus Sexual Assault is highlighted in the 2018 PreventConnect podcast series. Tune in to hear Dr. Erin Bonar, Sexual Violence Content Lead for the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, as she shares highlights and key takeaways from the Summit.

Violence Prevention News & Events

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Latest Violence Prevention Publications

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Violence Prevention Information & Tools

Family Guide to Home Firearm Safety During COVID-19

The COVID-19 public health emergency presents important safety considerations for families with firearms in the home. Current social distancing and stay at home measures may mean that children and teens have greater exposure to firearms present in the home. COVID-19 also presents new challenges for teens struggling with depression or other mental health issues, which may increase the risk of firearm injury. This resource has information about firearm safety and measures you can take to keep your family safe.

Video: Intimate Partner Violence and COVID-19

This video highlights evidence-based resources on interpersonal violence (IPV) that covers warning signs, impacts of IPV unique to COVID-19, and numbers to call/text in a crisis. These crisis resources are available to anyone affected by abuse, or anyone who is questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. You can also call or text these lines to get information about how to help others.

SafERteens: Youth Violence Implementation Toolkit

Find all the material you need to implement an evidence-based youth violence prevention program in your emergency department.

Summary of an Evidence-Based Youth Violence Prevention Program in the Emergency Department-SafERteens

This document highlights the SafERteens program, a brief intervention aimed at reducing and preventing violence and alcohol use among urban youth engaged in youth violence and alcohol use.


Summary of an Evidence-Based Dating Violence Intervention-Safe Dates

This document highlights the Safe Dates program designed to prevent and reduce dating violence (victimization and perpetration) among male and female middle and high school students.


Teen Dating Violence

Spotlight on teen dating violence, member highlight (Dr. Antonia Abbey), and resources.


Campus Sexual Assault Prevention

Spotlight on campus sexual assault prevention, member highlight (Ms. Holly Rider-Milkovich), resources.


Parents’ Guide to Home Firearm Safety

The U-M Injury Prevention Center has just published a one-sheet guide for parents to ensure home firearm safety.  We invite you to download and disseminate this flyer broadly.


Funded Research Projects Focused on Violence Prevention

The U-M Injury Prevention Center has funded current and past injury research projects focusing on violence prevention. Peruse the projects listed below.

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Core Faculty and Practitioners with Expertise in Violence Prevention



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Erin Bonar, PhD
Sexual Violence Content Lead
Patrick Carter, MD
Youth Violence Content Lead

Members with Interest/Expertise in Violence Prevention

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