The East New York United for Safety Report, 19951998
An evaluation of the first Safe Harbor programs conducted by the New
York University School of Social Work and funded by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention showed extensive evidence of the programs
accomplishments. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected
over a 4-year period and significant findings are listed below:
- Students demonstrated improvement in using conflict resolution strategies,
showed increased positive social control, and were more strongly opposed
to gang violence.
- Students reported that they incorporated Safe Harbors ground
rules regarding respectful treatment of others into their relationships
outside the program.
- Survey results showed that with intensive program participation students
benefited in five domains: values about violence, preferred conflict
resolution strategies, social control strategies, attitudes toward gangs,
and violent behavior (particularly in the community).
- The Safe Harbor program proved most effective in changing student
attitudes about violence when students participated in several components
of the program, including learning from the violence prevention/victim
assistance curriculum, participating in activities within the Safe Harbor
room, and/or addressing personal issues in individual counseling.
- The evaluation supported the use of a victim assistance
model to effectively prevent violence among young people.
Safe Harbor Replication Program Evaluation Results,
Safe Horizon also conducted an evaluation of two pilot Safe Harbor Replication
sites (Albert E. Meyzeek Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky and Long
Beach Preparatory Academy in Long Beach, California) to determine what
benefits, if any, children gained from participating in the Safe Harbor
program. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected over a
6-month period, and significant findings followed:
- The more a student had been exposed to violence in the past, the
more he or she showed increased empathy for others, was less accepting
of gangs, and was more likely to resolve conflicts nonviolently.
- Students developed greater self-confidence in their ability to control
anger and resolve conflicts nonviolently.
- There was a decrease in students fighting, anger, and bullying
- Students thought the program made learning fun.
- Students found that both the physical and psychological safety provided
by Safe Harbor were critical.
- Students reported that Safe Harbor provided them with productive
activities, helped them solve problems, attenuated the presence of gangs
in school, provided a safe space to discuss important issues, reduced
the number of fights in school, and made the school safer.
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Victim Assistance/Violence Prevention Program