Youth violence is a significant public health problem that affects thousands of young people each day, and in turn, their families, schools, and communities.
Youth violence is an adverse childhood experience and is connected to other forms of violence, including child abuse and neglect, teen dating violence, adult intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and suicide.
The good news is youth violence is preventable. The ultimate goal is to stop youth violence before it starts.
Factsheet, Definitions, Statistics & Consequences
Factors that are linked to or protect against violence
Strategies to help states and communities prevent youth violence
Factsheet, Video, Statistics, Consequences, and Resources
About, statistics, School-Associated Violent Death Study, and prevention
About, Accomplishments, and Resources
Initiative, Action Council, STRYVE Online, and Resources
Articles, publications, and data sources
A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behavior pdf icon[4.09 MB, 64 Pages, 508]
This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent youth violence and its consequences. Also available in Spanish pdf icon[3.89 MB, 68 Pages, 508]
Vital Signs: Violence Impacts Teen’s Lives pdf icon[685 KB, 2 Pages]
CDC’s Vital Signs fact sheet includes key insights into the violence experiences of teens aged 14 to 18 using CDC’s 2019 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).
CDC released an editorial series with the American Journal of Public Health, highlighting the National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (YVPCs). This series includes YVPC lessons learned, youth violence prevention approaches, community-level intervention models, and insights on social determinants of health, structural racism, and social norms that impact youth. Read the editorials today!