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Facts and Statistics on Youth Violence

Violent injury and death disproportionately affect adolescents and young adults in the U.S. Although homicide rates have dropped in recent years, rates remain unacceptably high. Richmond, VA also has a high rate of intentional injury among youth. The homicide firearm fatality rate for youths under the age of 25 in Richmond has consistently, significantly exceeded both state and national rates.

The most recent rates for youths (ages 10-24) per 100,000 persons, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Virginia Department of Health (2011), are as follows:

U.S. 7.5 Virginia 5.23 Richmond 26.36
  • Among 10 to 24 year-olds, homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans; the second leading cause of death for Hispanics.
  • Among 15 to 24 year-olds, homicide is the second leading cause of death, overall.
  • Each year, youth homicides and assault-related injuries result in an estimated $16.2 billion in lifetime combined medical and work loss costs.
  • In 2011, 707,212 young people ages 10 to 24 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from physical assaults.

*Information & statistics from Center for Disease Control