Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Violent crime can lead to terrible physical injuries and death. But it also has a significant psychological impact, which is often forgotten. People injured through violence are six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD than people injured in accidents, according to our research. They are three times more likely to suffer from depression. But it can be hard to engage with the toughened young people admitted to hospital with injuries caused by street violence.
Preventing Youth Violence |Violence Prevention|Injury Center|CDC
Jump to content. Violence causes more injury and death in children, teenagers, and young adults than infectious disease, cancer, or birth defects. There is no single explanation for the violence caused by youth. Many different things cause violent behavior in children. The more these things are present in a child's life, the more likely he or she is to commit an act of violence. Behavior will change depending on a child's age and gender. Violent behavior may be targeted at parents, other children, friends, or other family members.
Majority of children in gangs going under the radar – study
An estimated 34, children linked to gangs have been victims of violent crime in the last year, yet only a small fraction of them are known to the authorities who are meant to be protecting them, according to a study. Amid mounting concern about the number of fatal stabbings of teenagers, the commissioner, Anne Longfield, accused safeguarding authorities of not facing up to the scale of the problem and of failing in their duty to keep children from harm. The report, Keeping Kids Safe: improving safeguarding responses to gang violence and criminal exploitation, says 27, children in England identify as a gang member, and many more are on the periphery of gang membership. Speaking after three teenagers died in knife attacks in two weeks in Birmingham, David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, called for additional funding to combat the problem. For the report, researchers asked 25 safeguarding boards in high-risk areas what they knew about the number of children either involved or at risk of becoming involved with gangs.
Text Size:. For amendment and updates see the Amendments and Archives tab above. There are a number of areas in which young people are put at risk by gang activity, both through participation in and as victims of gang violence which can be in relation to their peers or to a gang-involved adult in their household.