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Preventing Violence: Understanding and Addressing Determinants of Youth Violence in the United States

“Rates of all types of violence have declined substantially in the United States over recent decades. Nevertheless, rates of violence and the numbers of children and youth affected by violence remain high compared with other countries. Moreover, data indicate great variation across states and communities. The fact that there is so much variation across states and countries suggests that there is substantial opportunity to reduce high rates of violence.

Violence comes, of course, in many forms. In this brief, we use the following definition of violence: ‘The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, 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.'”

Read the full research brief from the March 2015 edition of Child Trends. 

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