The Problem

Nationally, homicide remains the 2nd leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year-olds. 

Community Violence

Youth violence is common. 

Nearly 1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied on school property in the last year, and about 1 in 7 were electronically bullied (texting, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media).

Violence kills and injures. 

Homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24. Each day, about 14 young people are victims of homicide and about 1,300 are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal assault-related injuries.

Violence is costly. 

Homicides and nonfatal physical assault-related injuries result in more than $21 billion annually in combined medical and lost productivity costs alone. This does not include costs associated with the criminal justice system, psychological and social consequences for victims, perpetrators and their families, or costs incurred by communities.

Violence is preventable!

There are many successful strategies and approaches to shape individual behaviors as well as the societal factors that influence risk and protective factors for violence.

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral; returning violence with violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars”.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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