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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES SURVEY FINDINGS OF THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF CHILDREN’S EXPOSURE TO VIOLENCE

           WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs today announced the availability of Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey, published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey measured the past-year and life-time exposure to violence for children age 17 and younger. The major categories covered in the survey are: conventional crime, child maltreatment, victimization by peers and siblings, sexual victimization, witnessing and indirect victimization, school violence and threats, and Internet victimization.

           The research reported in this Bulletin suggests further avenues of study into the long-term effects of violence on youth and ways to improve policies to meet the needs of youthful victims of violence. Among the ramifications of the research are the following:

           Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey, by David Finkelhor, Heather Turner, Richard Ormrod, Sherry Hamby and Kristen Kracke can be found at www.ojjdp.ncjrs.gov

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           The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.

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