Violence Research Data & Publications

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  • 12/12/14
    Progress on child and teen gun deaths has stalled
    According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, progress made in reducing child and teen gun deaths in the second half of the 2000s ground to a near halt in 2011 and 2012. Between 2006 and 2010, gun deaths of children and teens ages 0-19 decreased an average of 123 deaths every year, for a total reduction of 490 fewer deaths in 2010, a 15 percent reduction. Since 2010, gun deaths in children and teens have decreased only by 18 deaths a year, an 85 percent reduction in the previous rate of decrease.
  • 07/11/14
    Child Watch® Column: “Overcoming Evil”
    Nelba Márquez-Greene is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has spent her life helping others. In December 2012 she was the coordinator of a youth and adolescent outpatient psychiatric clinic and a university instructor supervising six clinical interns. But nothing in her professional training could have prepared her for what she, her family, and community would experience after her beautiful six-year-old daughter Ana Grace and twenty-five other children and teachers were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
  • 07/03/14
    Child Watch® Column: “Breaking the Code of Silence”
    “I found my voice long before I became a writer in community organizing. That’s where I found my voice, where I was able to take all that pain and transform it into something useful in the world, and I never looked back.” Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller.
  • 06/20/14
    Child Watch® Column: “Inspiring Lessons from Seattle Pacific University”
    Just days before graduation a young man with a history of mental illness entered a science and engineering building on the university’s campus armed with a shotgun and more than 50 rounds of ammunition and began firing.
  • 05/06/14
    Children in the States Factsheets 2014
    These factsheets provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in the states.
  • 05/06/14
    Children in the States Factsheets 2014
    These factsheets provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in the states.
  • 04/04/14
    Child Watch® Column: “Mama, Get Me Away From Around Here!”
    Almost one year after I first wrote about Ka’nard Allen, his story—and the stories of several other children whose lives are connected to his—remain a searing example of how pervasive gun violence in our nation’s cities is killing, injuring, and traumatizing our children. As Pulitzer Prize-winning New Orleans journalist Julia Cass reports for the Children’s Defense Fund, on May 29, 2012, Ka’nard celebrated his 10th birthday at his grandmother’s house in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans.
  • 02/21/14
    Child Watch® Column: "Killed by a Gun"
    The headlines in the case were sadly familiar. An angry adult armed with a gun used it to shoot and kill an unarmed Black teenager he thought seemed “bad”—this time, because the teenager and his friends were sitting in a car listening to music the grownup didn’t like. In this outrageous Florida case a middle-aged White man, Michael Dunn, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a gun into an occupied car.
  • 01/23/14
    The State of America's Children® 2014 Report
    This is a comprehensive compilation and analysis of the most recent and reliable national and state-by-state data on population, poverty, family structure, family income, health, nutrition, early childhood development, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and gun violence. The report provides key child data showing alarming numbers of children at risk.
  • 01/23/14
    The State of America's Children® 2014 Report
    This is a comprehensive compilation and analysis of the most recent and reliable national and state-by-state data on population, poverty, family structure, family income, health, nutrition, early childhood development, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and gun violence. The report provides key child data showing alarming numbers of children at risk.
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