Youth violence prevention is a top priority for Attorney General Eric Holder, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary, 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 March 2013).
The Department of Justice is one of the partners in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (the Forum), a White House initiative promoting coordination of violence prevention efforts across public systems. The Forum was established to build a national conversation concerning youth and gang violence that would increase awareness, drive action, and build local capacity to more effectively address youth violence through comprehensive planning. Visit the Forum on Youth Violence Prevention site to learn more about this initiative and the efforts of those involved.
According to data released by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, juvenile arrests for violent offenses (criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) declined 10% between 2008 and 2009 (Juvenile Arrests 2009, December 2011). The number of juvenile court cases involving violent offenses fell 8% between 2008 and 2009 (Juvenile Court Statistics, 2009, July 2012) and 8% between 2009 and 2010 (Juvenile Court Statistics, 2010, June 2013).
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%). Another reason youth provided for not reporting the victimization to police was that the offender was a child (7%).
Each year in March, a week is recognized as National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW). During this week and throughout the rest of the year, NCJRS invites you to view the Youth Violence Special Feature. The pages of this Special Feature contain publications and resources on topics 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: