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The Youth Initiative builds the nation's capacity to support youth victims while working to advance their rights and ensuring youth leadership on issues that affect youth.

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Underserved Teen Victims Initiative



Reaching and Serving Teen Victims: A Practical Handbook

This handbook was designed to help adults work more effectively with teenage victims of crime. The handbook gives an overview of adolescent development and the way that victimization affects teens uniquely. It provides strategies for assessing the extent and nature of teen victimization in the community, creating effective outreach, making the service environment teen-friendly, and interacting with teens in helpful and productive ways. It also includes guidance on parent and family involvement and mandatory reporting.  

Underserved Teen Victims Initiative: A Case Study Guide

This guide highlights the campaign activities of each site chosen to participate in the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative program.  Sites located across the country worked hard to develop resources, host educational events and get the word out on teen victimization.  This guide offers a unique look into each site’s work and celebrates its passion for teen victim outreach. 

Outreach to Underserved Teen Victims of Crime

This guidebook provides an overview of the challenges faced in conducting outreach to underserved teen victims of crime and highlights examples of the various projects and resources developed and implemented in local communities in the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative. 

This project is supported by Grant 2009-SZ-B9-K007, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.