Tips For Girls to Avoid Gangs

  • Avoid associating with gang members
  • Avoid starting a romantic relationship with a known gang member
  • Travel in groups or with friends
  • Do not wear “gang attire”
  • Do not use gang lingo or signs
  • Get involved in extra-curricular activities e.g. sports, clubs, volunteer work, a part-time job, etc.
  • Maintain an open and honest relationship with your parents
  • Seek a mentor or a positive role model
  • If you are being abused at home in any way verbally, physically, sexually, etc. report it to an adult you can trust and your local police department
  • Set life goals and aspirations for yourself (e.g. attending college, becoming an athlete, getting good grades, etc.)
  • Report  gang violence and/ or activity to your parents, school, mentor, or your local police department

For more tips on how to avoid visit

The National Center for Victims of Crime can be contacted for referrals to local services anywhere in the country. Call Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 8:30 pm eastern time 1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255).

Tips for Leaving a Gang        

Always remember: There is a way out and you can do it!

In many cases it is very difficult to leave a gang. Chances are the gang you belong to claims the neighborhood that you live in, so completely avoiding them may be hard to do. You should never tell your gang of your plans to leave because this could put you at risk for great physical harm. It is important to find someone who will believe in your efforts of leaving gang life behind and support you 100 percent. You should confide in a trusted adult like a parent, teacher, mentor, grandparent, other relative, anyone who is not gang affiliated.

  • Believe in yourself and know that you have the power to control your own life
  • Stop wearing “gang attire”
  • Stop using gang lingo (e.g. nicknames, hand signs, language, etc.)
  • Make excuses. Tell your gang friends you are busy with other things.
  • Start spending your time away from the gang. Get involved in sports, clubs, a legitimate job, etc.
  • Make new friends that are not gang affiliated
  • Cover up gang tattoos
  • Change your phone number
  • Seek programs in your community that can help through your local school or police department

 For more information on how to get out of gangs go to:

Programs to Help Girls Leave Gangs

To find local programs within your community you can contact a teacher or school guidance counselor, your local police department, a local church, or a relative.

Boys and Girls Club of America:

The Hope Project:

Reach Out: 

The National Center for Victims of Crime:

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