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NCJ Number: 201811 Find in a Library
Title: Our Vulnerable Teenagers: Their Victimization, Its Consequences, and Directions for Prevention and Intervention
Author(s): Madeline Wordes Ph.D.; Michell Nunez M.A.
Corporate Author: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America

National Ctr for Victims of Crime
United States of America
Date Published: May 2002
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Oakland, CA 94612
National Ctr for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
1970 Broadway, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94612
United States of America

National Ctr for Victims of Crime
2000 M Street, NW
Suite 480
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper documents the prevalence and consequences of the criminal victimization of teens, and promising victimization prevention and intervention strategies are described.
Abstract: Current research and data on the nature and extent of the criminal victimization of teens shows that they are victimized at alarming rates at home, in school, and on the street. They are two times more likely than other age groups to be victims of violent crime. In a national survey of high school students, one in four reported being a victim of a violent crime in the past year. Other data show they are also more likely to be victims of property crimes than adults, although they do not often report their victimization to the police. Youths who are poor, African-American, Hispanic, or American Indian are at the highest risk of victimization. In addition to the obvious immediate consequences of victimization, there are longer term consequences for many teens. Studies have shown that victimization during adolescence can have an adverse impact on school performance, physical and mental health, substance abuse, delinquent behavior, and future earning potential. This paper identifies three basic principles that underlie an effective, comprehensive approach to preventing and intervening to address the criminal victimization of teens. First, provide safe environments for teen victims; second, identify and assess victimization and its consequences; and third, protect teens from further harm and repeat victimization. In an effort to advance these principles in the development of programs nationwide, the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency has launched the Teen Victim Project, which aims to bring together two networks, i.e., the youth-development community and victim service providers. This effort intends to build a "safety net" for teens based on collaboration, communication, and a shared interest in helping America's teens. This paper also reports on the results of a literature review to determine promising strategies for addressing teen victimization. The strategies are categorized by the goals of producing safer homes, safer schools, and safer streets. 68 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Adolescent abuse; Psychological victimization effects; Victim medical assistance; Victim services
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