Bullying and Youth Violence

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is a form of violence in which one person repeatedly targets another who is weaker, smaller, or more vulnerable. It is repeated behavior intended to harm or disturb the target. An imbalance of power exists in all bullying situations. Bullying can be physical, verbal, and/or psychological. Verbal bullying includes taunting, name-calling, making threats, and belittling the target. Physical bullying can include hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, biting, and taking personal belongings. Psychological bullying consists of spreading rumors, social exclusion, intimidation, extortion, and sexual harassment.

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Resource Organizations » Bullying and Youth Violence

10 listing(s), including 2 with hotlines


In Boston

Organizations with hotlines

Boston Public Schools Anti-Bullying Resources

www.bostonpublicschools.org/antibullying
26 Court Street
Boston, MA  02108
Hotline: 617.592.2378
Boston Public School system has amassed a number resources for students and families related to bullying. Their website lists an anti-bullying hotline number for the city of Boston as well as a separate phone number where anonymous reports of bullying can be made. The page also hosts information regarding how to identify bullying, ideas for prevention and intervention, and ways to be a helpful bystander. Additionally, there are links to a number of guides and other programming opportunities.

Organizations without hotlines

Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

www.glsen.org/
PO Box 302103
Jamaica Plain, MA  02130
617-536-9669
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is a national organization making schools safer for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students, and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike.
We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities, and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance

mova.state.ma.us/
1 Ashburton Place
Suite 1101
Boston, MA  02108
617-586-1340
The mission of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is to advocate for and assist victims of crime across the Commonwealth. Victims and their families are often traumatized, confused and uncertain about where to turn for help. Victims can receive assistance through MOVA's Service Programs, the SAFEPLAN Program (for victims seeking protection from abuse), and through the Help Directory. The Victim Services Coordinator can provide referrals to appropriate programs, service providers, information, and advocacy organizations to help victims better understand the justice system.

Teens Advocating a Global Vision

www.tagv.org/home.htm
735 Morrissey Blvd., Suite 10
Dorchester, MA  02122
Office: 617-929-4000
The Teens Advocating a Global Vision program (TAGV) is a volunteer, youth led community-based program located in Dorchester, Massachusetts. It provides violence prevention, education, and intervention services to youth service providers, youth, and family. The program is comprised of youth, ages 8 to 20+, and their families from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, who primarily reside in the urban neighborhoods of the city of Boston. The majority of the youth live in single parent households and are subject to the pressures of urban environments such as gang violence, racism, drugs, guns, crime, and poor economic conditions. Children Against Gang Violence (CAGV), the siblings of TAGV, aged 8-12, and Parents Against Gang Violence (PAGV), the parents of TAGV and CAGV were established in 1994 as a means of providing support for the whole family. All three groups receive training as trainers and educators.

In Massachusetts

Organizations with hotlines

Steps to Respect

Excerpt from the Steps to Respect Training Manual: What Families Should Know about Bullying.
Full Steps to Respect site at:
www.cfchildren.org/programs/str/overview/

Organizations without hotlines

Adults and Children Together Against Violence (ACT)

Nearly a half century of research has shown that violence is a learned behavior, often learned when a child is very young. But the skills of violence prevention can also be learned at a young age. ACT emphasizes that the early years are critical for learning and that the adults in children's lives can be the primary teachers of violence prevention. The ACT program mission is to educate communities and adults to create safe, healthy environments that protects children and youth from violence. It accomplishes its mission by disseminating research-based information and skills to adults in simple, accessible, user-friendly messages and materials.

Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC)

marccenter.webs.com/
Bridgewater State University
201 Maxwell Library
Bridgewater, MA  02325
508-531-1784
The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center is housed at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. MARC was founded and is directed by Dr. Elizabeth Englander, a professor of Psychology at the University, and an expert in the field of bullying prevention. Its goal is to bring low- or no-cost services to K-12 education, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the area of bullying prevention, cyberbullying education and prevention, and violence prevention. The MARC website includes guides for parents and professionals.

Outside Massachusetts

Cyberbully 411

Cyberbully411, created by Internet Solutions for Kids, is an effort to provide resources for youth who have questions about or have been targeted by online harassment. The site offers information to youth on cyberbullying and its consequences, as well as guidance on what to do and how to talk to parents in a cyberbullying situation. There is also an online discussion forum.

Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA  30341
800-232-4636
Violence is a serious public health problem in the United States. From infants to the elderly, it affects people in all stages of life. In 2005, more than 18,000 people were victims of homicide and more than 32,000 took their own life. The number of violent deaths tells only part of the story. Many more survive violence and are left with permanent physical and emotional scars. Violence also erodes communities by reducing productivity, decreasing property values, and disrupting social services. This CDC website includes information on a variety of topics related to violence prevention, including youth violence, relationship violence, and suicide.

Wired Safety

Wired Safety is dedicated to helping protect children in cyberspace. It does this by a combination of educational programs, online information and resources, and one-to-one help. Help is provided through live chat, instant-messaging, peer counseling of victims of cybercrime and abuse, and e-mail reportlines. There is also a partner website, www.stopcyberbullying.org, which offers specific information about cyberbullying for children, parents, educators, and law enforcement.

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Additional Sources of Information

Bullying

Cyberbullying

Disclaimer: Material on the MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service website is intended as general information. It is not a recommendation for treatment, nor should it be considered medical or mental health advice. The MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service urges families to discuss all information and questions related to medical or mental health care with a health care professional.