Violence by the numbers - the facts of violence

  • Only a small minority of youth commit violent crimes
  • Young people most often victimize other young people and acquaintances, not adults or strangers
  • The most common victims of youth violence are the young person's peers, including girlfriends, boyfriends and other young people
  • Between 2004 and 2008, 32% of homicides in the region of Peel were shootings and 33.3% were stabbings
  • Experiencing violence early in life can set a pattern of violence that extends throughout an individual's life
  • Young women who experience abuse during childhood or adolescence may direct the pain inward, resulting in various forms of self-destructive behaviour
  • Young men who experience abuse during childhood or adolescence may direct the pain outward, being violent towards others
  • From January to September 2008, Peel region ranked 5th in homicides among Canadian cities, behind Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg
  • Of the homicides in the region of Peel from January to September 2008, eight were related to altercations, eight to Gangs/Drugs, two were strangers, one was revenge and one was traditional organized crime
  • About 24% of high school students in the U.S. knew of gangs in their schools in 2005
  • Young people who bully are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and get into fights
  • Approximately 22% of 11 and 12-year-olds know at least one person their age in a gang
  • Most school-associated violent deaths occur during transition times – before and after the school day and during lunch

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