Teen violence refers to harmful behaviors that can start early and continue into young adulthood. The young person can be a victim, an offender, or a witness to the violence. Some violent acts can cause more emotional harm than physical harm. Others can lead to serious injury or even death. An important risk factor for violence in teens is the behavior of their friends and classmates. You should know who your kids hang out with and encourage healthy behavior and relationships. The information on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice.
Violence causes more injury and death in children, teenagers, and young adults than infectious disease, cancer, or birth defects. There is no single explanation for the violence caused by youth. Many different things cause violent behaviour in children. The more these things are present in a child's life, the more likely he or she is to commit an act of violence.
Youth violence is a serious public health problem and an adverse childhood experience ACE that can have long-term impact on health and wellbeing. Youth Violence is the intentional use of physical force or power to threaten or harm others by young people ages It typically involves young people hurting peers who are unrelated to them and who they may or may not know well.