skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 200791 Find in a Library
Title: Gang Violence in Rural Georgia: A Community's Fight
Journal: Journal of Gang Research  Volume:10  Issue:3  Dated:Spring 2003  Pages:37-64
Author(s): Shirley R. Holmes Ph.D.; Joe Amerling
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 28
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the effects of gang violence in rural Gainesville/Hall County, GA.
Abstract: Gang violence is present in every inner city jurisdiction throughout America including rural areas, and citizens in Gainesville/Hall County GA, are experiencing gang graffiti and gang shootings. Describing gang graffiti as the drawing of signs, symbols, and written letters of the alphabet, often disrespecting another gang, the authors discuss the symbolic use of the numeric alphabet by gang members. A series of figures illustrating gang trouble spots in Hall County, disrespect graffiti, and various symbols and markings, is presented along with a brief literature review focusing on graffiti’s signs and symbolic meanings. The citizens of Gainesville/Hall County are even more concerned by gang related shootings than they are by gang related graffiti. The almost weekly drive-by shootings occur on the southside of the town and most of the gang members are from Hispanic, Mexican, Latin American, Puerto Rican, or El Salvadorian descent. Due to negative school experiences for many of the Latino school-aged youths and adolescents in Gainesville/Hall County, gangs are one way in which these individuals may band together in order to feel accepted. The citizens of Gainesville/Hall County are beginning to fight back against gang violence in their community by training and placing Resource Officers in the county’s schools. References
Main Term(s): Gangs; Graffiti
Index Term(s): Gang member attitudes; Gang Prevention; Gang violence; Hispanic gangs
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.