Release date: 2-27-2014
The experience of violence among children and adolescents raises significant concerns for individuals, families and the general public. Despite a declining trend in violence committed by youth, media accounts of school shootings and bullying incidents have stimulated public and professional awareness about this issue. Effective strategies exist to prevent and respond to violence and victimization; however, challenges remain in broadly implementing best practices. This brief reviews some of the recent U.S. violence data, describes some of the potential consequences of children and young people witnessing or experiencing violence and some of the policy and practice initiatives focused on youth violence, both nationally and in Ohio.