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Children's Exposure to Violence, Crime, and Abuse: An Update
(NCJ 248547) September 2015
OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, Bulletin, 16 page(s)
David Finkelhor, Heather Turner, Anne Shattuck, Sherry Hamby, and Kristen Kracke
This bulletin discusses the second National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV II), which was conducted in 2011 as a followup to the original NatSCEV I survey conducted in 2008. OJJDP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored both surveys. The NatSCEV II survey confirmed NatSCEV I's finding that children's exposure to violence is common; nearly 60 percent of the sample (57.7 percent) had been exposed to violence in the past year, and more than 1 in 10 reported 5 or more exposures. This exposure occurs across all age ranges of childhood and for both genders.