Did You Know: March

Did you know that March 19th – 23rd is National Youth Violence Prevention Week?
By Terri J. Pelley, MA

With all the recent events, does violence against youth seem to be on the rise? Here are the most recent statistics according to the CDC:

  • In 2010, an average of 13 youth, ages 10 to 24, were the victims of homicide each day in the United States.
  • Among the victims, 86 percent were male and 14 percent were female.
  • Approximately 83 percent of youth homicides in 2010 involved a firearm.

What about school-associated deaths?

  • According to the CDC, 17 youth homicides occurred at schools during the 2009-2010 academic year. This represents 1 percent of all youth homicides that year.
  • School-associated homicides actually decreased from 1992 to 2006 and have remained relatively stable since then.
  • School associated homicides were higher for males, high schools, and schools located in central cities.
  • Approximately 50 percent of homicide perpetrators showed warning signs, such as making threats or leaving a note.

What can I do to help?

  • Know the risk factors for perpetration of violence against youth which includes a history of violent victimization, high emotional distress, low parental involvement and social rejection by peers.
  • Blueprints for Violence Prevention has identified 12 model violence prevention programs out of over 900. Programs that have made the cut include Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Multisystemic Therapy.
  • Map My Community  is an interactive map of federally funded programs for youth in your community. It’s as easy as entering your zip code!
  • Stay updated on research from the CDC.

Terri J. Pelley, MA, is a third year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She is also Chair-Elect for the Ohio Psychological Association for Graduate Students.