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NCJ Number: 152537 Find in a Library
Title: Violence in the Schools: A National, State, and Local Crisis
Corporate Author: New York State
Education Dept
Office for Planning, Research and Support Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 79
Sponsoring Agency: New York State
Albany, NY 12234
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper explores the problem of school violence, identifies the causes and factors associated with violence, and discusses strategies to reduce violence in the schools.
Abstract: Federal, New York State, and other State initiatives are presented that focus on reducing violence in the schools. The report is intended as a background paper for efforts to address violence in schools in New York. The discussion notes that violence has increased by 61 percent in the public schools in New York City since June 1989, with the most significant increases in recent years. The increase occurred in all five categories of school crime on which statistics are maintained in New York: assault, robbery, sex offenses, drug law offenses, and weapons possessions. The majority of incidents occurred in about 40 of the 124 city high schools. The discussion summarizes research on the factors associated with school violence and vandalism, prevention strategies, intervention strategies, and response strategies. The analysis concludes that schools alone cannot eliminate violence and that the active participation of all levels of government, private organizations and agencies, students, parents, and community members is also essential. Charts, appended definitions and tables, and 47 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Crime prevention planning; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; New York; School delinquency programs; Vandalism causes; Vandalism prevention; Violence causes; Violence prevention
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