Youth violence

Youth violence is an overarching term that may include a variety of behaviors, ranging from homicide and physical fights to sexual assault and bullying. Youth violence is usually discussed in the context of its related risk factors of drug abuse, truancy, vandalism, and theft. In 2009, approximately 11% of Rhode Island high school students reported carrying a weapon to school in the past month. Approximately 25% of these students reported being in a physical fight in the past year, and 9% had ever been in a fight on school property.

What you should do

  • Encourage your child to engage in after-school activities such as sports, music, or other clubs.
  • Support local schools and community organizations in the use of model programs for violence prevention.
  • Rolemodel respectful, non-violent behaviors.
  • Learn about other risk and protective factors related to youth violence.