OJJDP Bulletin Reports on Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published “Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey.”
More than 60 percent of the children surveyed were exposed to violence in the past year, either directly or indirectly. Nearly half of children and adolescents were assaulted at least once, and more than one in ten were injured as a result. Nearly one-quarter were the victim of a robbery, vandalism or theft, and one in sixteen were victimized sexually.
Understanding the nature and extent of children’s exposure to violence is essential to mitigating its effects. To this end, OJJDP, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sponsored the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, whose findings are reported in this bulletin, the first in a series.
The survey, the first to measure children’s exposure to violence in homes, schools, and communities across all age groups, found that more than 60 percent of the children surveyed were exposed to violence within the past year, either directly or indirectly (e.g., as a witness to a violent act; by learning of a violent act against a family member, neighbor, or close friend; or from a threat against their home or school).
Resources: “Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey” (NCJ 227744) is available at ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=249751.