About Youth Violence

Youth Violence: National Statistics 1

Homicide is the third leading causes of death among young people (ages 10 to 24); an average of 12 young people are murdered every day. Among these victims, 86% were male. 

An average of 1,642 young people are treated for physical assault injuries in U.S. emergency departments every day.

Health Disparities: Among young people, homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans and the second leading causes of death for Hispanics.

School Violence: Among high school youth (grades 9-12), 22.6% report being in a physical fight; 16.2% reported carrying a weapon; 7.8% reported being in a physical fight on school property. 

CDC Data: Youth Violence

Community Violence

An estimated 50 to 60% of urban youth are exposed to neighborhood violence. In some neighborhood samples, that number climbs to nearly 100%.2

Up to 1/3 of urban male youth report being the victim of violence, including being beaten or mugged, attacked with a knife or stabbed, or shot by another person.3

Among adolescents ages 15 to 17 within neighborhoods within the South and West neighborhood of Chicago, African American youth living in urban, economically disadvantaged communities are at the greatest risk for being exposed to community violence than any other population in the United States.4

Buka, Stichick, Birdthistle, & Earls (2001); Finkelhor, Turner, Ormrod, Hamby & Kracke (2009); Singer, Anglin, Song, & Lunghofer (1995); Aisenberg & Herrenkohl (2008)

Evidence-based violence prevention and intervention programs can save $5 for every $1 spent on other social service programs as well as significantly reduce crime and violence in neighborhoods. 7

7 Youth Violence: Trends, Myths, and Solutions