Teen Violence (Interpersonal Violence)
Violence among young people is a serious problem. In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 5,764 young people around the nation between the ages of 10 – 24 were murdered, on average, at a rate of 16 each day. Homicide was the 2nd leading cause of death for young people in this age group. Among young people between 10 – 24 year-olds, 86% (4,973) of the homicide victims were male and 14% (791) were female. Overall, among these homicide victims, 84% had been killed by a firearm. Many young people find themselves in unhealthy relationships which include violent or abusive behavior. Dating violence or relationship abuse among young people is a pattern of power and control. It includes threats, emotional/verbal abuse, or physical sexual violence. According to the Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc., about one out of four young people will be in an abusive relationship during their life time.
The workshop will increase participants awareness of factors related to various forms of violence that at risk young people are likely to experience.