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NCJ Number: 235504 Find in a Library
Title: Polyvictimization: Children's Exposure to Multiple Types of Violence, Crime, and Abuse
Series: OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series
Author(s): David Finkelhor; Heather Turner; Sherry Hamby; Richard Ormrod
Date Published: October 2011
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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US Dept of Health & Human Services
Atlanta, GA 30341-3742
Grant Number: 2005–JL–FX–0048
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Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Survey
Format: Document - Designates non-commercial publications, such as Government and gray literature reports.
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention presents findings from the 2008 National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence regarding children’s exposure to multiple types of violence, crime, and abuse.
Abstract: Major findings from the survey include: in 2008, 38.7 percent of children reported more than one type of direct victimization in the past year; 10.9 percent of children reported 5 or more direct exposures to different types of violence, and 1.4 percent reported 10 or more direct victimizations; and children exposed to even 1 type of violence were at greater risk of experiencing other types of violence. This bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) summarizes key findings from the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) examining children’s exposure to multiple types of violence, crime, and abuse. Data for NatSCEV were obtained from interviews with 4,549 youth aged 10 to 17 and the parents of children aged 9 and younger regarding the children’s exposure to multiple types of violence over the past year and over the child’s lifetime. The survey found that 54 percent of children who were victims of multiple types of violence were boys; 41 percent were aged 14 to 17; and the children were more likely to come from families whose socioeconomic status is in the middle of the spectrum. Other findings indicate that youth who suffer from multiple exposures to violence have greater levels of additional lifetime adversities and higher levels of stress later in life than children not exposed to multiple incidences of violence. This bulletin discusses in detail the lasting effects on youth and adolescents who are victims of multiple exposures to violence. Implications for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers are discussed. Table, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Exposure to Violence
Index Term(s): Child victims; Juvenile victims; Multiple victimization; Psychological victimization effects; Victimization; Victimization risk; Victims of violence
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