March | April 2012

New Publications

All OJJDP publications may be viewed and downloaded on the publications section of the OJJDP Web site. Print publications also may be ordered online at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Web site.

Cover of Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities. Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities (Bulletin)
NCJ 235394

Considerable efforts have been made during the last generation to encourage children and their families to report victimization to authorities. Nonetheless, concern persists that most child victimization remains hidden. The recently completed 2008 inventory of child victimization—the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence—featured an assessment of whether victimizations were being identified by authorities, including police, school, and medical authorities. The survey found that 13 percent of children victimized in the previous year had at least one of their victimizations known to police, and 46 percent had one known to school, police, or medical authorities. In addition, authorities knew about a majority of serious victimizations, including incidents of sexual abuse by an adult, gang assaults, and kidnappings, but they were mostly unaware of other kinds of serious victimizations, such as dating violence and completed and attempted rape.

Cover of Highlights of the 2010 National Youth Gang Survey. Highlights of the 2010 National Youth Gang Survey (Fact Sheet)
NCJ 237542

Since 1996, the National Gang Center, through the National Youth Gang Survey, has collected data annually from a large, representative sample of local law enforcement agencies to track the size and scope of the nation's gang problem. Among other findings, the 2010 survey showed that gang-related homicides increased more than 10 percent from 2009 in cities with populations of more than 100,000. In addition, highly populated areas accounted for the vast majority of gang-related homicides nationally.