Lessons From the Defending Childhood Demonstration Program
A 2009 national survey found that 60 percent of American children have been exposed to violence. In response, the U.S. Department of Justice launched the Defending Childhood Initiative to prevent children’s exposure to violence (CEV), mitigate negative impacts and raise awareness. The initiative funded eight sites across the U.S. to institute comprehensive CEV strategies. To learn from their experiences, NIJ supported the Center for Court Innovation to evaluate six of these sites. Despite differences between programs, the lessons provide valuable insight into implementing and sustaining a CEV program.
Read the press release.
Download the process evaluation report.