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NCJ Number: 200372 Find in a Library
Title: Reflections on Youth Violence
Journal: Youth Studies Australia  Volume:22  Issue:1  Dated:March 2003  Pages:25-30
Author(s): Howard Sercombe
Date Published: March 2003
Page Count: 6
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This article discusses various forms of violence among young people in Australia.
Abstract: Although Australia is not a particularly violent society the amount of violence experienced by young people as perpetrators and as victims needs to be reduced. The author suggests that there are significant dangers of violence for some Australian young people. Citing Aboriginals and homeless and poverty stricken young people as most susceptible to violent acts, the author argues that the most damaging youth violence is that which occurs routinely as a part of individuals’ personal relationships and their relationships with society. Proposing that the definition of violence should be “the intent to harm,” the author contends that in many Australian communities the violence conducted against individuals is not physical, but is the result of rich people fighting poor people with money, lawsuits, and hostile takeovers. Furthermore, much violence committed in Australia against young people takes the form of parental care and support being withdrawn or suspended. The key to reducing youth violence in Australia is for communities to connect with youths by treating young people as individuals with valid feelings and interests. References
Main Term(s): Violence; Violence prevention
Index Term(s): Australia; Youth (Under 15); Youth groups; Youthful offenders
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