Violence is an epidemic in American cities, particularly among youth. It is the leading cause of injury and death for young people aged 10-24, and in many of the country’s largest urban areas, homicides and violent crime rose significantly in recent years. Meanwhile, 46 million of the nation’s 76 million children – roughly 60 percent – are exposed each year to violence, crime and abuse according to the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. The result: the nation pays a high price in lives, money and lost potential.
By partnering with community leaders, law enforcement, schools, hospitals, businesses, libraries, faith-based organizations, and other stakeholders to address complex issues, local health officials across the nation are committed to stopping violence. They act as safety net providers and connect family members to programs like parenting support, home visits, injury and violence prevention, and intimate partner violence screening.
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