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Special Feature: Youth Violence

Youth Violence CollageYouth violence prevention is a top priority for government officials and policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and community members across the nation. In spite of consistent decreases in juvenile violent crime arrests nationwide since 1994, many localities continue to seek information and strategies to better prevent and respond to youth violence (Office of Justice Programs: National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, retrieved February 2015).

According to data released by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, juvenile arrests for violent crimes (murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) declined 36% between 2008 and 2012 (Juvenile Arrests 2012, December 2014). The number of juvenile court cases involving violent offenses fell 10% between 2010 and 2011 (Juvenile Court Statistics, 2011, July 2014).

The Bureau of Justice Statistics resource, Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010 (December 2012), presents trend data on a number of different points related to the topic. For example, from 1994 to 2010, the rate of serious violent crime occurring on school grounds declined by 62%. Also presented is information on the non-reporting of violent crimes by youth victims. During a 2002-10 period of analysis, the most frequent reasons youth provided for not reporting violence were that the incident was reported to another individual such as a school official (30%), was considered not important enough to the victim to report (15%), or was considered to be a private or personal matter (16%).

The pages of this Special Feature contain publications and resources related to youth violence and the prevention of such violence. Please select a topic from the following list or from the box at the right under the heading "Youth Violence" to learn more: