Relationship Violence and Sexual Exploitation

We've been marking National Domestic Violence and National Bullying Awareness Months this October. Many homeless youth have experienced all sorts of violence, and programs that serve them are responding by using "trauma-informed" approaches.
The new Family and Youth Services Bureau website has officially launched!  The site is full of information and resources about FYSB and its grant programs, and new material is being added all the time. You’ll find:
This October, we’re recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We thought we’d start by highlighting youth-led prevention campaigns, in the hopes that you’ll be inspired to help your youth take a positive approach to this serious problem.
“Restoring Healthy Developmental Trajectories for Sexually Exploited Young Runaway Girls: Fostering Protective Factors and Reducing Risk Behaviors” (abstract). Journal of Adolescent Health, Vol. 46, Issue 2 (February 2012).
This program from the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women supports evidence-based, youth-centered interventions and prevention programs focusing on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The program seeks to engage men and boys as allies in efforts to stop relationship violence and sexual assault.
“Resiliency and Survival Skills Among Newly Homeless Adolescents: Implications for Future Interventions” (PDF, 300 KB), Vulnerable Child Youth Studies, Vol. 6, Issue 4, 2011.
“The Relationship Between Sexual Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior Among Adolescent Boys: A Meta-Analysis” (abstract). Journal of Adolescent Health, Vol. 51, Issue 1 (July 2012).
“Impact of Running Away on Girls’ Pregnancy” (abstract). Journal of Adolescence, Vol. 35, No. 2 (April 2012).
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