Educational or Curriculum

Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders (AVB)

Initiative Description: After a 27 programs nation-wide review and 2 discussion groups with African American males under the age of 25 admitted to a level 1 trauma center for assault-related injuries were conducted an, evidence-based conflict resolution program: “Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders” (AVB) was selected. It follows a 12-step curriculum. The curriculum provides behavioral skills that can be used when they are in the roles of aggressors, victims, and bystanders. Each lesson is designed to be taught in 45-minute sessions, but can be customized for each classroom. The curriculum consists of role-playing activities, class discussions, small group work, and conflict resolution homework. The main goal of the curriculum is to teach students a four-step “Think First Model,” a cognitive approach to dealing with conflict non-violently.

Study Results: Decrease in violent behavior and an increase in students’ competencies to deal with violence

Reference: Thakore, R. V., Apfeld, J. C., Johnson, R. K., Sathiyakumar, V., Jahangir, A. A., & Sethi, M. K. (2015). School-based violence prevention strategy: a pilot evaluation. Journal of Injury and Violence Research, 7(2), 45–53.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good