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Centers for Disease Control Reports 30-Year Low in Youth Homicide Rates

July 25, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report finding that homicide rates for youth ages 10-24 in the United States reached a 30-year low in 2010. The findings were seen across all age, racial, and ethnic groups and mechanisms of injury. Among the key findings:

  • Declines in youth homicide rates from 2000 to 2010 were slower for groups at high risk for homicide, including males and non-Hispanic black youth.
  • Declines in youth homicide rates in the same period were slower for firearm homicides than for homicides by other means.

The report focuses on the critical need for more violence prevention strategies in schools, families, and neighborhoods—particularly alternatives to violence that engage high-risk youth—and encouragement of age-appropriate activities and relationships.

Resources:

Download the full report and the study details.

View CDC's Web Site on Youth Violence Prevention.