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Homicide continues to be the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24, and the leadingcause of death for African American youth. More than 700,000 young people ages 10 to 24 weretreated in emergency departments in 2010 for injuries sustained due to violence. But respondingto violence after it happens is only part of the solution.
We must prevent youth violence before it begins
. In addition, most youth, even those living in high risk situations, are not violentand more must be learned about the factors that are helping youth, protecting them fromengaging in violent behavior so that others can benefit. One critical step is a better understandingof the factors that protect youth from engaging in violence. To inform prevention efforts thatenhance protective influences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) NationalCenter for Injury Prevention and Control convened a panel with expertise in youth development, violence prevention, and analytic methods.This special supplement of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, “
Protective Factors forYouth Violence Perpetration Issues, Evidence, and Public Health Implications*
,” is the firstpublication developed from the panel’s work. Its primary purpose is to increase understanding of protective factors for youth violence perpetration by clarifying methods for conceptualizing,measuring, and distinguishing risk and protective effects.
Youth Violence Prevention
Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, which helps promote the use of youth violence prevention approaches that are based upon the best available evidence.UNITY
Urban Networks Increasing Thriving Youth, which works with large urban centers to enhancetheir readiness for violence prevention, help organize their planning, and increase theircapacity to address youth violence using a public health approach.