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.)
Policies & Programs
Policies and programs that can improve health
filtered by "Community Safety"
Limit increases in the number and concentration of alcohol outlets by area or by population through licensing or zoning regulations
Use devices such as speed cameras, laser devices, radar, etc. to enforce speed limits; devices can be permanent fixtures or be used manually by law enforcement officers
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
Accommodate or provide dedicated space for bicyclists via bicycle paths, lanes, cycle tracks or protected bike lanes, etc.
Match disadvantaged or at-risk youth with volunteer mentors in school or community settings
Provide parents with car seats free of charge, via loan or low cost rental, often with education about proper installation and use
Share information about the importance of proper car seat use and enforce existing laws via checkpoints, dedicated law enforcement officials, etc.
Educate parents and caregivers about proper use of car seats and reward parents and/or children for correct use
Promote child bicycle helmet use via bicycle safety education, media campaigns, or provision of free or subsidized helmets
Impose penalties on adults for a child’s unsupervised access to firearms or violation of safe firearm storage requirements
Use individual or group therapy to help offenders discover and change the thought processes that lead to maladaptive behavior
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
Require checks of a broad set of disqualifying criteria (e.g., misdemeanor convictions, domestic violence restraining orders, and juvenile convictions) prior to handgun purchase
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)
Detect and intervene in potentially violent situations, educate and mobilize communities, and connect high-risk individuals to services; formerly called Chicago CeaseFire
Use specialized courts to offer criminal offenders with drug dependency problems an alternative to adjudication or incarceration
Provide at-risk expectant parents and families with young children with information, support, and training regarding child health, development, and care from prenatal stages through early childhood via trained home visitors
Add publicity and other strategies (e.g., supplemental patrols, increased officers, etc.) to efforts to enforce existing seat belt laws
Use specialized courts to work with parents involved in the child welfare system who may lose custody of their children due to substance abuse