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In Focus: Youth Violence


Every day, children across the country are exposed to violence in their home, school, and community. This exposure to violence can cause them significant physical, mental, and emotional harm along with long-term effects that can last well into adulthood.

Some violent acts, such as bullying, pushing, and shoving can cause children emotional and physical harm. Other forms of youth violence, such as gang violence and assault, can lead to serious injuries or even death.

Each neighborhood and community has unique experiences with violence and different resources available to them. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to preventing youth violence. However, by developing strategies that combine prevention, intervention, treatment, and reentry efforts, communities can help reduce such violence.

During National Youth Violence Prevention Week (April 3-7, 2017), access the Youth Violence Special Feature for topical information and access to OJP and other federal resources related to violence among youths and the prevention of such violence.

Access the Youth Violence Special Feature


Co-Offending Among Adolescents in Violent Victimizations, 2004-13

Live Fast, Die Young: Anticipated Early Death and Adolescent Violence and Gang Involvement

Model Programs Guide Literature Review: Gun Violence and Youth

National Youth Violence Prevention Update: 2010-2016

More Publications

Related Resources

National Gang Center

NIJ: Violent Crimes

OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book: Youth Victims of Violence

OJJDP: Youth Violence Prevention Initiatives

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma

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Date Created: August 17, 2020

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