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Violence Facts U.S.A.

Youth are three times more likely than adults to be victims of violence. Twenty-two percent of U.S. teenagers (ages 14 to 17) report having witnessed a shooting. On a typical day, 6 or 7 youth are murdered in this country. Youth 24 years of age and under constitute over 41% of all firearm deaths and non-fatal injuries. Youth 7 to 17 years old are as likely to be victims of suicide as they are to be victims of homicide. The cost of youth violence exceeds $158 billion each year. (Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science, Boulder, CO, June 2014)

Homicides and other violent crimes spike in U.S. cities in the first months of 2016 (Washington Times, May 15, 2016)


Violent Crime Up as City Homicides Spur 11% Hike in Total Murders for 2015 (ABC News, September 26, 2016)


"The report shows that there was an overall increase in violent crime last year, making clear what each of us already knows: that we still have so much work to do," U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch

The leading causes of death for the teenage population remained constant throughout the period 1999–2006: Accidents (unintentional injuries) (48 percent of deaths), homicide (13 percent), suicide (11 percent), cancer (6 percent), and heart disease (3 percent). Motor vehicle accident accounted for almost three quarters (73 percent) of all deaths from unintentional injury. (NCHS Data Brief No. 37 May 2010)  Link

Among 10 to 24 year-olds, homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans; the second leading cause of death for Hispanics (CDC, 2012)

1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year. (, Know The Facts, 2016)

79.6 % of female rape victims were first raped by age 24 and the majority of perpetrators were intimate partners or acquaintances. (CDC, Sexual Violence, Facts At a Glance, 2012)

About one out of seven children in 6th and 9th grades has been a victim of stalking, potentially boosting their risk of substance abuse, dating violence and other dangers. (HealthDay News, November 23, 2016)

Middle School Suicides Reach An All-Time High. The suicide rate among youngsters ages 10 to 14 has been steadily rising, and doubled in the U.S. from 2007 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, 425 young people 10 to 14 years of age died by suicide. (, Nov. 4, 2016)

The survey, released by the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics, included findings from the 2015-2016 school year. The study found that violence and bullying are more frequent in middle schools than in high schools or elementary schools. The study also found a significant difference in violence and bullying based on the size of enrollment and location. (Campus Safety Magazine, July 31, 2017)

A new study from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics
indicates that more than 25 percent of the middle schools and high schools surveyed reported
problems with cyber-bullying on their campuses. (, August 12, 2017)

The suicide rate among girls between the ages of 15 and 19 reached a 40-year high in 2015, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. In the shorter term, the suicide rate for those girls doubled between 2007 and 2015, the research indicates. (CNN, August 3, 2017)

School Counselor Ratios Continue to Climb. The National Association for College Admission Counseling used National School Counseling. Week as an opportunity to review the status of school counselor caseloads. While the report indicated some states have enjoyed modest caseload declines, many states have seen double-digit percentage increases in caseloads in the last 10 years. (U.S. Department of Education, The Teachers Edition, ED Teacher Newsletter, February 24, 2018)


Campus Life Violence Facts U.S.A.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRS) - Info and Stats for Journalists - Statsitics About Sexual Violence.

Campus Sexual Assault

One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college

More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault

63.3% of men at one university who self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape admitted
to committing repeat rapes

Institute of Edcational Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Fast Facts - College Crime.

In 2014, there were 27,000 criminal incidents against persons and property on campus at public and private 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions that were reported to police and security agencies...

Among the various types of on-campus crimes reported in 2014, there were 13,500 burglaries, constituting 50 percent of all criminal incidents. Other commonly reported crimes included forcible sex offenses (6,700 incidents, or 25 percent of crimes) and motor vehicle theft (2,900 incidents, or 11 percent of crimes). In addition, 2,100 aggravated assaults and 1,100 robberies were reported.

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, Not Alone, Together Against Sexual Assault




In a 2016 study released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), an average of approximately 21% of undergraduate women across the nine schools participating in the study reported experiencing sexual assault since entering college. Non-heterosexual college females reported significantly higher rates than their heterosexual female peers. The majority of rape and sexual assault victims reported being victimized by someone they knew.


The Cost of Violence

“Youth homicides and assault-related injuries result in an estimated $18.6 billion in combined medical and work loss costs.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2017)  Link

“The financial costs of injuries and violence are staggering. In a single year, injuries and violence will ultimately cost the U.S. $406 billion.” (Finkelstein EA, Corso PS, Miller TR, Associates, Oxford University Press, 2006)  Link

How much does violence really cost our global economy? Conflict costs us $13.6 trillion a year. And we spend next to nothing on peace” (World Economic Forum, January 2018) Link  This represents 17 percent of the world’s economy.


“The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF). “We must take seriously the risk of a global systems breakdown.” Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF. (Reuters, January 2018) Link

The United Nations is appealing for $3.1 billion to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide, including those living in Ukraine, Syria and other conflict zones and in areas affected by the Ebola epidemic.” (Daily Mail, Jan. 29, 2015)

"Exposure to domestic violence costs US government $55 billion each year: Exposure to domestic violence carries long-term consequences for both children and society" (SienceDaily April 25, 2018)  Link

"When adding up the concrete costs to the average American taxpayer it is estimated that violence containment spending costs $15,000 a year, or $7,000 for every man, woman and child each year. That is $6 billion a day in total, or $246 million an hour. If violence containment spending were represented as a discrete national economic entity, it would be the sixth largest economy in the world." (Steve Killelea, Alliance For Peacebuilding, 2013) Link

The Economic Cost Of Violence, Institute For Economics and Peace, 2013  Link
Violence Facts Worldwide

“For the first time since World War II, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.” (CBS News, June 20, 2014)


Global Status Report On Violence Prevention 2014


Violence is “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, or against

a group or community that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation.” Source: WHO global consultation on violence and health, 1996.

More than 1.3 million people worldwide die each year as a result of violence in all its forms (self-directed,

interpersonal and collective), accounting for 2.5% of global mortality. For people aged 15–44 years, violence is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.

There were an estimated 475 000 deaths in 2012 as a result of homicide. Sixty percent of these were males aged 15–44 years, making homicide the third leading cause of death for males in this age group.

Young males bear the burden of homicide Fatal violence is not distributed evenly among sex and age

groups. Males account for 82% of all homicide victims and have estimated rates of homicide that are more than four times those of females (10.8 and 2.5, respectively,per 100 000)


The disproportionate impact of homicide on youth is a consistent pattern across all levels of country income. It is however much more pronounced in low- and upper middle-income countries than in lower middle- and high-income countries. Furthermore, the effects of country income on homicide rates differ by age group.

United Nation's Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth

People under the age of under 30 account for over half of the worlds population.There are about 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 – the largest youth population ever.

World Health Organization (WHO) 10 Facts About Violence Prevention

Each year, 1.4 million people worldwide lose their lives to violence. For every person who dies as a result of violence, many more are injured and suffer from a range of physical, sexual, reproductive and mental health problems. Violence places a massive burden on national economies, costing countries billions of US dollars each year in health care, law enforcement and lost productivity.

Fact Two: Suicide and homicide account for more than 80% of violence-related deaths. Of those killed by violence, 58% die by their own hand, 36% because of injuries inflicted by another person, and 6% as a direct result of war or some other form of collective violence.

Fact Three 90% of deaths due to violence occur in low- and middle-income countries. Countries with higher levels of economic inequality tend to have higher rates of death due to violence. Within countries, the highest death rates occur among people living in the poorest communities.


Fact Four: Violence mainly impacts young, economically productive people. Homicide and suicide are heavy contributors to global death rates among men aged 15–44 years. For every young person killed by violence, an estimated 20–40 receive injuries that require hospital treatment. Among people under 25 years, for every suicide, 100 young people attempt to take their own lives.


World Health Organization (WHO) Media Center - Violence and Injury Prevention

Violence and injuries affect all age groups, but have a particular impact on young people and those in their prime working years. For people 15-29 years of age, three injury-related causes are among the top five causes of death: road traffic injuries (1st), suicide (2nd) and homicide (4th).


World Health Organization (WHO) Violence and Injury Prevention - Youth Violence

Worldwide, an estimated 200 000 homicides occur each year among youth and young adults aged 10-29 years, making homicide the fourth leading cause of death in this age group. Eighty three percent of homicide victims in this age group are male, and nearly all of these deaths occur in low-income and middle-income countries. For each young person killed, many more sustain injuries requiring hospital treatment.

Beyond deaths and injuries, youth violence can lead to mental health problems and increased health-risk behaviours, such as smoking, alcohol and drug use, and unsafe sex. Youth violence results in greatly increased health, welfare and criminal justice costs; reduces productivity; decreases the value of property in areas where it occurs; and generally undermines the fabric of society.


World Health Organization (WHO) Media Centre - Youth Violence Fact Sheet

Key facts


Worldwide some 200 000 homicides occur among youth 10–29 years of age each year, which is 43% of the total number of homicides globally each year.


Risk factors within the individual


attention deficit, hyperactivity, conduct disorder, or other behavioural disorders

involvement in crime

early involvement with alcohol, drugs and tobacco

low intelligence and educational achievement

low commitment to school and school failure


exposure to violence in the family


Risk factors within close relationships (family, friends, intimate partners, and peers)


poor monitoring and supervision of children by parents

harsh, lax or inconsistent parental disciplinary practices

a low level of attachment between parents and children

low parental involvement in children's activities

parental substance abuse or criminality

parental depression

low family income

unemployment in the family

associating with delinquent peers and/or gang membership


Risk factors within the community and wider society


access to and misuse of alcohol;

access to and misuse of firearms;

gangs and a local supply of illicit drugs;

high income inequality;

poverty; and

the quality of a country’s governance (its laws and the extent to which they are enforced, as well as policies for education and social protection).