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OJJDP has two primary responsibilities—to address the needs of youth who have come into contact with the juvenile justice system or are at risk of doing so and to protect children who are victims of violence, crime, and abuse. In fiscal year 2016, OJJDP awarded more than $283 million in grants to help at-risk youth, protect children, and improve juvenile justice systems nationwide. Following are highlights of how our research, programs, and initiatives are helping to make a difference in the lives of the youth and families we serve.

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The data from this survey suggest that mixed-peer harassment—involving both in-person and technology-based elements—is the most traumatic for victims, especially those who have been victimized in multiple ways in the past and are facing numerous stressors in their present lives.

The Role of Technology in Youth Harassment Victimization,
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