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Youth Violence: Consequences

Youth violence has serious and lasting effects on the physical, mental, and social health of young people. While the magnitude and types of youth violence vary across communities and demographic groups, youth violence negatively affects youth in all communities.

  • Nearly 1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied on school property in the past year.
  • Homicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24.
  • Each day, about 14 young people are victims of homicide and almost 1,400 are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal assault-related injuries.

Costs to Society

The impact of youth violence goes beyond physical consequences. Addressing the needs of victims, such as costs related to property damage, lost wages, and physical and mental health care that result from youth violence and crime, has substantial economic impacts on communities.

  • Youth homicides and nonfatal physical assault-related injuries result in more than $21 billion annually in combined medical and lost productivity costs, not including costs associated with the criminal justice system; psychological and social consequences for victims, perpetrators and their families; or costs incurred by communities.