Skip directly to search Skip directly to site content
Coming October 2016: The next generation of The Community Guide Preview Now
The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) Go to site home page About the Task Force


Submit your email address to get updates on The Community Guide topics of interest.

Explore the new Community Guide beta site.  Find out more by following this link to

We can help you put Task Force findings to work in your community. Request technical assistance here.

The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

Together, the Community Guide and the Clinical Guide provide evidence-based recommendations across the prevention spectrum.


Violence Prevention: Early Childhood Home Visitation

Image of building blocks

In early childhood home visitation programs, trained personnel visit parents and children at home during the child’s first two years of life in order to provide some combination of information, support, or training about child health, development, and care. The Community Guide reviewed home visitation programs that were designed to prevent violence.

Task Force Recommendations and Findings

This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review.

Intervention Task Force Finding
Early Childhood Home Visitation
To Prevent Child Maltreatment Recommended
February 2002
To Prevent Intimate Partner Violence Insufficient Evidence
February 2002
To Prevent Violence by Parents (Other than Child Maltreatment or Intimate Partner Violence) Insufficient Evidence
February 2002
To Prevent Violence by Children Insufficient Evidence
February 2002

Presentations and Promotional Materials


Using Evidence for Public Health Decision Making: Violence Prevention Focused on Children and Youth Adobe PDF File [PDF - 466 kB] Developed by The Community Guide


The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.

Sample Citation

The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation: Guide to Community Preventive Services. Violence prevention: early childhood home visitation. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.