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Are abused children more likely to offend later in life?
Information on the phenomenon known as the "cycle of violence," in which a childhood history of physical abuse may lead the survivor to be more likely to commit violence in later years, is available in the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) resources: Also see the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-sponsored National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV II) and the Trauma's Impact on Children Exposed to Violence section. For additional information, visit the Child Abuse/Exploitation and Exposure to Violence sections of our website.

Last Updated: March 29, 2018

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