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Child and Youth Victimization


Childhood exposure to violence, crime, and abuse can lead to serious consequences for the health and well-being of children that can last long into adulthood.

Understanding the nature and extent of a child’s exposure to violence is essential in combating its effects. Research shows that early identification, intervention, and continued follow up are valuable strategies for preventing and decreasing the potential negative effects of a child’s exposure to violence.

OVC’s resource, Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials, is a tool to help support children and youth if they are victims or witnesses. In each of the illustrated narratives, child and youth characters explain how the justice system works in a child-friendly and developmentally appropriate way.

The substance use and overdose crises have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and affected millions more. Learn how OVC is working to support youth impacted by the substance use and overdose crises.

The following resources provide information on child and youth victimization.

Date Created: June 15, 2020