Teen Violence

For more information, see Violence and Urban Youth Violence in the Infopedia.


  • In 2010, 4,828 young people ages 10 to 24 were murdered.
  • An average of 13 young people were murdered each day.
  • Murder is the second leading killer of young people ages 15- to 24-years-old.
  • Among murder victims 10- to 24-years-old:
    • 86 percent were male and
    • 14 percent were female
    • 82.8 percent were killed with a firearm.
  • Youth homicides and assault-related injuries result in an estimated $16 billion in combined medical and work loss costs each year.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/YV-DataSheet-a.pdf

Gang Violence

For more information, see Gangs in the Infopedia.

  • Some 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs with about 1.4 million members are criminally active in the U.S.
  • All use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities
  • Gangs are responsible for an average of 48% of violent crime in most jurisdictions, and up to 90%  in others.

Source: http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/2011-national-gang-threat-assessment

Juvenile Arrests

  • Number of arrests of juveniles in 2009 was 17% fewer than number of arrests in 2000.
  • Youth younger than age 15 accounted for more than one-fourth of all juvenile arrests.
  • All four offenses that make up the Violent Crime Index decreased in the last year: murder (down 7%), rape (6%), robbery (10%), and aggravated assault (11%).
  • Most arrested juveniles were referred to court.
  • Juvenile females accounted for more than one-fifth (22%) of all simple assault arrests involving females in 2009, while male juveniles accounted for 15% of all simple assault arrests involving males.
  • Overall, in 2009, 12% of white arrests and 14% of black arrests involved a person younger than age 18.

Source: http://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/236477.pdf

For More Information

Highlights of the 2008 National Youth Gang Survey  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, March 2010

Juvenile Arrests 2008  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 2009

Youth Violence: Facts at a Glance   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009