Youth Violence

Facts about Violence Concerning Youth in America

Youth violence is a leading cause of death for young people and results in more than 400,000 nonfatal injuries each year. 

Almost 1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied on school property within the last year, and nearly 1 in 7 were electronically bullied via social media, such as texting, Facebook and Instagram (CDC, 2021).

For youth in America between 10 and 24, homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death. Every day, approximately 12 young people are victims of homicide.  Each day, over 1,100 American youth are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal assault-related injuries.

Youth homicides and nonfatal physical assault-related injuries result in more than $20 billion annually in combined medical and lost productivity costs alone.  Along with that loss, an additional loss includes the costs associated with the criminal justice system, psychological and social consequences for victims, perpetrators and their families, or costs incurred by communities (CDC, 2021).  For the latter reasons, an significant reductions in the amount of violence will lead to great improvements in our society overall.

Violence increases health care costs, decreases property value, and disrupts social services. Youth violence negatively impacts perceived and actual safety, participation in community events, school attendance, and viability of businesses.

Youth violence is highly prevalent. Youth violence is a leading cause of death and nonfatal injuries in the United States. As homicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between 10 and 24 years, the majority of the homicides come from firearm violence. In 2014, 86% of youth homicide victims were killed by firearms (CDC, 2021).

The number of young persons who are treated for nonfatal physical assault-related injuries in emergency departments in the United States is more than 115 times higher than the number killed.

Homicide has been the leading cause of death for non-Hispanic Black youth for more than three decades and is the second leading cause of death for Hispanic youth. 

For the future of the society, we are in need of proactive methods that can be implemented to reduce and prevent social violence.

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Links to organizations dedicated to reducing violence:

The Youth Violence Prevention Center

The Center for Disease Control

World Health Organization-Violence Prevention