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Youth Violence: Data Sources

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CDC Data Sources

  • National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP)
    NEISS-AIP provides nationally representative data about all types and causes of nonfatal injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. CDC uses NEISS-AIP data to generate national estimates of nonfatal injuries, including those related to youth violence.
  • National Violent Death Reporting System
    CDC has funded 32 states and established the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) to gather, share, and link state-level data on violent deaths. NVDRS provides CDC and states with a more accurate understanding of violent deaths. This enables policy makers and community leaders to make informed decisions about violence prevention programs, including those that address youth violence. Select NVDRS data are available for online analysis at:
  • School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS)
    SHPPS is a national survey conducted periodically to assess school health policies and programs at state, district, school, and classroom levels. SHPPS provides information on health education, programs, environmental strategies, and policies that schools, districts, and states use to address violence and suicide prevention.
    WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, pronounced “whiskers”) is an interactive database that provides national injury-related morbidity and mortality data used for research and for making informed public health decisions.
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
    CDC’s YRBSS monitors health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among young people in the United States, including violence.

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Other Federal Data Sources

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Department of Justice
    The BJS provides data on crime, victims, criminals, courts, police, and jails and prisons in the United States.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    Since the 1930s, the FBI has been collecting data on crime in the United States. Each year, the FBI publishes a summary of Crime in the United States, Hate Crime Statistics, special studies, reports, and monographs.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
    The OJJDP’s Statistical Briefing Book provides data on juvenile offending, victimization of juveniles, and involvement of youth in the juvenile justice system.
  • National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) [PDF 1.2MB]
    The NSCAW provides nationally representative longitudinal data drawn from first-hand reports from children, parents, and other caregivers, as well as reports from caseworkers, teachers, and data from administrative records. The study also examines child and family well-being outcomes in detail and seeks to relate those outcomes to their experience with the child welfare system and to family characteristics, community environment, and other factors.
  • National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence [PDF 881KB]
    The National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence is a comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure to violence, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and supported by CDC. The survey measures exposure to violence for children age 17 and younger across several major categories: conventional crime, child maltreatment, victimization by peers and siblings, sexual victimization, witnessing and indirect victimization, school violence and threats, and internet victimization.

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Non-Federal Data Sources

  • Monitoring the Future
    Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults.

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