News & Research 2005

Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center Funding Renewed
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has renewed the center’s funding for a new five-year period, starting in September 2005 and running through 2010. Over the next five years, the center will focus on issues of youth violence within the City of Boston and will continue to collaborate with city agencies on the Boston Youth Survey, a bi-annual survey of high school students. HYVPC will also establish a phone-based survey of adults in Boston’s neighborhoods to measure perceptions of collective efficacy. Together, these surveys, as well as other data sources from the city, will allow us to gather data about youth violence in Boston over time.


Girls’ Violent Behavior Related to Violent Victimization
The study, published in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that girls who were victimized by violence were more likely than others to later behave violently. The prospective study, part of the larger Chicago-based Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, was authored by HYVPC researchers Dr. Beth Molnar, Dr. Angela Browne, Magdalena Cerda, and Dr. Stephen Buka. Full text of the article is available at:
Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
News coverage on the study can be found at:
Medical News Today
MedPage Today


Director of Programs Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith Presented with Paul Revere Award from the Massachusetts Public Health Association
Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Director of Programs for HYVPC, was honored by the Massachusetts Public Health Association for her long-standing leadership in public health programs in the state and her contribution to youth violence prevention in the City of Boston. The Paul Revere award is the highest honor of the state’s public health community.


Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month: Nov 20 – Dec 20
The holiday period can be especially difficult for families who have lost someone to homicide. Survivors of Homicide Victims Organized for Change (SOHC) is gathering information about how different groups and communities are observing “Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness” month, and have some suggestions for how you can get your own community involved to support those who have lost loved ones to violence. For more information, download the brochure.
Download a calendar of Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month Events
Also, on November 21st from 6-8PM, SOHC will host a forum “A Transformational Journey: From Pain and Anger to Peace and Advocacy” at Wheelock College. Forum information
Survivor’s Outreach Card – for use in hospitals and other service agencies that work with survivors of violence.