Findings from the Comprehensive National Survey on Children's Exposure to Violence

Sidebar to the article Preventing Children's Exposure to Violence: The Defending Childhood Initiative by Sarah B. Berson, Jolene Hernon and Beth Pearsall

  • Sixty percent of American children were exposed to violence, crime or abuse in their homes, schools and communities.
  • Almost 40 percent of American children were direct victims of two or more violent acts, and 1 in 10 were victims of violence five or more times.
  • Children were more likely to be exposed to violence and crime than adults.
  • Almost 1 in 10 American children saw one family member assault another family member, and more than 25 percent had been exposed to family violence during their lifetime.
  • Exposure to one type of violence increased the likelihood that a child would be exposed to other types of violence and exposed multiple times.

Back to: Preventing Children's Exposure to Violence: The Defending Childhood Initiative.

Note: Finkelhor, David, Heather Turner, Richard Ormrod, Sherry Hamby, and Kristen Kracke, "Children's Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey" (pdf, 12 pages), Juvenile Justice Bulletin (October 2009), Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Date Created: June 15, 2012