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The Facts on Children's Exposure to Violence

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dc.identifier.citation (2015). The Facts on Children's Exposure to Violence. Defending Childhood, a program of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 4 pgs. en_US
dc.description Fact Sheet en_US
dc.description.abstract The U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood initiative defines children’s exposure to violence as being the witness or direct victim of bullying, child abuse, sexual assault, community and school violence, dating violence, and exposure to adult or parental domestic violence. In reviewing the prevalence of children’s exposure to violence in their homes, schools, and communities, this paper reports that 40 percent of teens (ages 14-17) have been exposed to at least one form of intimate partner violence (IPV) during their lifetimes. Historical trauma and structural violence linked to racism, prejudice, and discrimination impact American- Indian, Alaska-Native, and African-American communities. A smaller but still significant portion of children experience frequent and ongoing violence. Left unaddressed, exposure to violence adversely affects children’s ability to succeed in school, be mentally and physically healthy, and be prepared to make positive contributions to their communities. Findings are presented from various research studies that document the prevalence and adverse effects of children’s exposure to violence. This report also reviews emerging research on the factors that promote the prevention of and resilience in coping with exposure to violence. In order to prevent violence, social norms that promote or accept violence as normative must be replaced with a commitment to norms that promote supportive interactions of affirmation and challenge behavioral patterns of abuse and violence. When exposure to violence does occur, therapeutic interventions must be accessible and effective in guiding positive coping behaviors and attitudes in victimized children and their families. (CVRL Note: See also the Attorney General’s full report on this program, Protect, Heal, Thrive: Lessons Learned from the Defending Childhood Demonstration Program NCJ 248882, and related site process evaluation reports, NCJ 248932, NCJ 248929, NCJ 248930, NCJ 248931, NCJ 248933, and NCJ 248934.) (Author Text) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) en_US
dc.publisher Futures Without Violence
dc.subject Synthesis en_US
dc.subject Witness to Violence en_US
dc.subject Intergenerational Violence en_US
dc.subject Harassment en_US
dc.subject Intimidation en_US
dc.subject Family Violence en_US
dc.subject Child en_US
dc.subject Youth en_US
dc.subject Adolescents en_US
dc.subject Minors en_US
dc.subject Child Abuse en_US
dc.subject Polyvictimization en_US
dc.subject Poly-victimization en_US
dc.title The Facts on Children's Exposure to Violence en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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