A Message From OJJDP

Although violent crime has decreased significantly since publication of Combating Violence and Delinquency: The National Juvenile Justice Action Plan in 1996, too many children continue to be victims of violent crime, child abuse and neglect, and exposure to violence. In turn, this victimization perpetuates a cycle of violence in which children later become the perpetrators of violence against others. Fortunately, a variety of programs and services have been implemented at the State and local levels to address youth victimization and its effects, with Federal agencies collaborating to support this work through efforts such as the Coordinating Council’s call to break the cycle of violence. It is through such Federal, State, and local collaboration that we will make a positive difference for America’s children.


Addressing Youth Victimization OJJDP Action Plan Update • October 2001