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Violence Prevention Tools

The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers free evidence-based violence prevention education tools for teens, parents, community members, and educators. These violence prevention education resources can be used to prevent youth violence and build community and include a Violence Prevention Education Webinar Series; Violence Prevention Education Fact SheetsLegislative Testimony on Youth Gun Violence; Violence Prevention Education Resources for Families; and Violence Prevention Education Related Blog Posts.

Violence Prevention Education Webinar Series

Experts from VPI regularly conduct free educational webinars on various topics related to youth violence prevention. The webinars are recorded and are available below. Sign up to receive alerts about upcoming violence prevention education webinars.

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Violence Prevention Education: "Behind the scenes" with the presenters from VPI's June 2018 webinar on child mortality.

Violence Prevention Education Fact Sheets

The Violence Prevention Education fact sheets below were developed by experts at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Download and distribute them to families, youth, educators, and other groups with a stake in youth violence prevention education.

Gun Safety and Children

All About Bullying

* This fact sheet is targeted directly to youth.

Legislative Testimony on Youth Gun Violence

  • In September 2019, CHOP VPI Co-Director and Emergency Department Attending Physician Joel Fein, MD, MPH, testified before the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee in support of Child Access Prevention (CAP) laws and Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws in PA to help keep children and families safe from gun violence. Dr. Fein also shared research and programs led by CHOP VPI that aim to curb the epidemic of youth violence, including gun violence.  Download Dr. Fein's Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee testimony

  • In February 2019, CHOP VPI Fellow and Emergency Department Attending Physician Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH, testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee on the public health issue of firearm violence and its effect on children. In this testimony, she shares the pediatric health community’s perspective on what evidence-based policies and legislation would most effectively address this epidemic. Download Dr. Abaya's Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee testimony
  • In May 2018, CHOP Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow Christian D. Pulcini, MD, MEd, MPH, FAAP testified before the Pennsylvania General Assembly's House Judiciary Committee regarding Pennsylvania’s Firearm Laws and Public Safety and in support of several pending bills that were in alignment with VPI@CHOP's position on gun violence. In October 2018, Pennsylvania signed HB2060 in law, which restricts gun access in Pennsylvania for those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence. It marked the first piece of anti-violence legislation in Pennsylvania that deals directly with guns in this decade. Download Dr. Pulcini's PA General Assembly testimony
  • In November 2017, CHOP VPI Fellow and Emergency Department Attending Physician Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH, testified before the Philadelphia City Council’s Special Committee on Gun Violence about reframing the discussion on preventing gun violence, and discussed how public health approaches prevention from three angles: primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Download Dr. Abaya's City Council testimony
  • In May 2016, CHOP VPI Fellow and Director of the Pediatric Trauma Program Michael Nance, MD, testified before Pennsylvania's House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing on House Bill 1010, a bill that would close some loopholes in Pennsylvania's background checks for gun purchases. Dr. Nance drew from his personal experience as a trauma surgeon at CHOP, as well as his expertise in firearms research. Download Dr. Nance's Pennsylvania House testimony 
  • In April 2016, CHOP VPI Co-Director Joel Fein, MD, MPH, testified before the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Safety to inform the establishment of a comprehensive strategy for reducing and eliminating youth gun violence. Dr. Fein's comments describe research from CHOP on why teenagers in Philadelphia might access a gun, giving voice to these youth. Download Dr. Fein's City Council testimony

Violence Prevention Education Resources for Families

Click here to access information for adolescents and parents about anti-violence programs and services with contact/hotline numbers.

Violence Prevention Education Related Blog Posts

Click here to access viewpoints about violence prevention-related topics from the Research in Action blog.