Media Advisory - Can a violence prevention initiative for teens be effective while saving taxpayers millions? New School of Public Policy report, says yes

CALGARY, May 15, 2017 /CNW/ - Teen violence in dating, as well as other teen violence, is a major social issue in Canada. In addition to the human toll, teen violence creates huge costs in health care, social services and the justice system.

Can an effective violence prevention program that is part of a school's curriculum not only reduce violence but also save taxpayers millions? Yes it can. But how?

The School of Public Policy will release a new report Tuesday, May 16, that examines the social impact and annual economic costs associated with intimate partner violence (IPV) and violent crime among youth.  The report also calculates the effectiveness of investing in school-based prevention programs using the Fourth R method from Ontario.

The report will show substantial cost savings related to the prevention of dating violence and violent delinquency.


Release of publication: Estimating Costs and Benefits Associated with Evidence-based Violence Prevention-Four Case Studies Based on the Fourth R Program


Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 9 a.m. eastern


After release, the report can be found online at

SOURCE The School of Public Policy - University of Calgary

For further information: Reporters desiring a copy of the embargoed report or interviews with the author(s) are invited to contact: Morten Paulsen, 403.220.2540,


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