Violence is an epidemic in American cities, particularly among youth. It is the leading cause of injury and death for children and young adults. In many of our largest urban areas, homicides and violent crime have risen significantly in recent years.
Meanwhile, 46 million of the nation’s 76 million children – roughly 60% – are exposed each year to violence, crime, and abuse. 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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