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Policies and programs that can improve health

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Advocacy for victims of intimate partner violence

Insufficient Evidence

Work to empower victims of intimate partner violence, help them with safety plans, and link them with community services (e.g., legal, housing, financial advice, emergency shelter, etc.)

Community Safety

Bicycle helmet laws

Scientifically Supported

Establish laws that require bicyclists to wear helmets; laws can apply to children or all bicyclists and can be established at the state or local level

Community Safety

Bicycle paths, lanes & tracks

Some Evidence

Accommodate or provide dedicated space for bicyclists via bicycle paths, lanes, cycle tracks or protected bike lanes, etc.

Community Safety

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)

Some Evidence

Match disadvantaged or at-risk youth with volunteer mentors in school or community settings

Community Safety  ·  Education

Car seat distribution & education programs

Scientifically Supported

Provide parents with car seats free of charge, via loan or low cost rental, often with installation support

Community Safety

Car seat education & enforcement campaigns

Scientifically Supported

Share information about the importance of proper car seat use and enforce existing laws via checkpoints, dedicated law enforcement officials, etc.

Community Safety

Car seat incentive & education programs

Scientifically Supported

Educate parents and caregivers about proper use of car seats and reward parents and/or children for correct use

Community Safety

Child bicycle helmet promotion programs

Scientifically Supported

Promote child bicycle helmet use via health education, media campaigns, or provision of free or low-cost helmets

Community Safety

Child firearm access prevention laws

Some Evidence

Impose penalties on adults for a child’s unsupervised access to firearms or violation of safe firearm storage requirements

Community Safety

Cognitive-behavioral therapy for offenders

Scientifically Supported

Use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help offenders discover and change the thought processes that lead to maladaptive behavior

Community Safety

Community policing

Scientifically Supported

Implement a policing philosophy based on community partnership, organizational transformation, and problem solving techniques to proactively address public safety issues: also called community-oriented policing

Community Safety

Comprehensive firearm background checks

Some Evidence

Require checks of a broad set of disqualifying criteria (e.g., misdemeanor convictions, domestic violence restraining orders, and juvenile convictions) prior to handgun purchase

Community Safety

Court mandated programs for perpetrators of intimate partner violence

Mixed Evidence

Expand court-referred intimate partner violence offenders’ understanding of abuse, teach alternative reactions, and work to change gender role attitudes; also called batterer intervention programs (BIPs)

Community Safety

Cure Violence Health model

Some Evidence

Detect and intervene in potentially violent situations, educate and mobilize communities, and connect high-risk individuals to services; formerly called Chicago CeaseFire

Community Safety

Drug courts

Scientifically Supported

Use specialized courts to offer criminal offenders with drug dependency problems an alternative to adjudication or incarceration

Community Safety  ·  Alcohol and Drug Use

Early childhood home visiting programs

Scientifically Supported

Provide parents with information, support, and training regarding child health, development, and care from prenatal stages through early childhood via trained home visitors

Community Safety  ·  Family and Social Support

Enhanced seat belt enforcement programs

Scientifically Supported

Add publicity and other strategies (e.g., supplemental patrols, increased officers, etc.) to efforts to enforce existing seat belt laws

Community Safety

Family treatment drug courts

Scientifically Supported

Use specialized courts to work with parents involved in the child welfare system who may lose custody of their children due to substance abuse

Community Safety  ·  Alcohol and Drug Use

Firearm licensing laws

Scientifically Supported

Require a potential purchaser to obtain a permit or license before purchasing a firearm

Community Safety

Focused deterrence strategies

Scientifically Supported

Target a particular crime through law enforcement and community agency cooperation and coordination of various deterrents and social services; also called pulling levers policing

Community Safety

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