Year Published: 2015

Author: Berit Kieselbach and Alexander Butchart

Publisher: World Health Organization

Suggested Citation: Kieselbach B & Butchart A (2015) Preventing youth violence: an overview of the evidence. World Health Organization.


This manual reviews what is known about the prevalence and consequences of youth violence, the underlying risk factors and scientific studies on the effectiveness of youth violence prevention programmes. It also provides brief notes on how to strengthen youth violence prevention efforts. The prevention programmes covered by these studies are grouped into 21 youth violence prevention strategies under which the evidence for the effectiveness of the specific interventions in each strategy is reviewed. Each strategy’s relevance to low- and middle-income countries is explored, and the manual describes the human resources and institutional arrangements needed to support implementation of each strategy.