The social and individual factors that contribute to violence are overlapping and complex, and a flexible, coordinated strategy is necessary to address these factors and prevent violence in San Francisco. DCYF partners with the Department of Public Health, the Juvenile Probation Department, and community-based organizations throughout the city to provide Violence Prevention and Intervention services to youth ages 10-25. DCYF funds programs that work to prevent and reduce crime, violence and delinquency; programs that deter youth from entering or returning to the juvenile or criminal justice system; and programs that help youth build social and resiliency skills.
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Strategies, Standards and Grantees
The Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, led by DCYF, issued the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Local Action Plan in July 2011. The plan defines six strategies for prevention, enforcement, and re-entry services, including alternative education, secondary prevention, diversion, detention alternatives, detention-based services, aftercare/reentry services, and gender and cultural specific services across all other strategies. These services are provided by 39 community-based organizations and cover every neighborhood in San Francisco.
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DCYF also supports several key violence prevention and intervention initiatives in the field, including the Community Response Network, School-Based Violence Prevention, SafeStart, and the Stay in School Coalition.