“Defending Childhood” released by Department of Justice

Posted on 10. Dec, 2014 by in Articles, News, Research & Data

The Department of Justice recently released a report from the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. The report called “Defending Childhood” exposes a startling look at children’s exposure to violence across the country. 

“Exposure to violence is a national crisis that affects approximately two out of every three of our children. Of the 76 million children currently residing in the United States, an estimated 46 million can expect to have their lives touched by violence, crime, abuse, and psychological trauma this year.”

A second report details American Indian/Alaska Native children’s exposure to violence and show they are at much higher risk.

“American Indian children suffer exposure to violence at rates higher than any other race in the US…service providers and policy makers should assume that all American Indian children have been exposed to violence.”

Both reports list the task force’s recommendations on the best ways to transform the system and end childhood exposure to violence.

Read and download the reports here:


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