Children Exposed to Violence

Every year, millions of children and adolescents in the United States are victimized and exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.

Child victims of or witnesses to violence may suffer devastating consequences beyond physical harm, which may include attachment difficulties,
regressive behavior, anxiety, depression, and aggression.

When these problems go unaddressed, children are at greater risk for school failure, substance abuse, repeat victimization, delinquency, gang involvement, and criminal behavior during adulthood.

In short, mitigating children s exposure to violence is central to breaking the cycle of violence.

The Children Exposed to Violence program builds on and incorporates the knowledge gained through research, programs, and demonstration initiatives that have addressed the problem of children exposed to violence over the past decade.

The Program features a comprehensive effort to identify successful policies and practices that address the trauma and harm that children exposed to violence experience in their homes, communities, and schools.

The Program supports prevention, intervention, treatment, and community organizing strategies to implement a comprehensive continuum of care for children and teens, from birth through age 17, which have been exposed to violence.

The ultimate goals of the Children Exposed to Violence Program is to reduce the severity of violence, reduce the frequency of violence, reduce the short- and long-term traumatic impact of violence, increase community safety and accountability, improve the response to children exposed to violence, improve the safety and well-being of children, and create a national dialogue on the issue of children exposed to violence.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.