Social Environment

Atmosphere that supports violence

Number of hours of violence-related programming on television most watched by children and youth

Television industry voluntary classification system


Law enforcement prevention activities

Use of community policing techniques

Police department


Legislative changes to decrease violence

Gun control laws

Police department, state and local statutes

Health Care

Professional awareness and support for victims of violence

Existence of protocols for health care professionals to identify, treat, and properly refer individuals who attempt suicide; victims of sexual assault; victims of spouse, elder, and child abuse


Physical Environment

Environmental hazards

Percentage of youth reporting carrying weapons to school

State health department (Healthy People 2000 indicator data), surveys, education department, school districts

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