Prevalence of childhood exposure to violence crime and abuse results from the national survey of childrens exposure to violence jama pediatrics 1698 746 754 as used here violence includes assaults sexual victimization child maltreatment by an adult and witnessed and indirect victimization. To measure childrens exposure to vio lence in the home school and community across all age groups from birth to age 17 and the first attempt to measure the cumu lative exposure to violence over the childs lifetime the survey confirms that most of our societys children are exposed to violence in their daily lives more than 60 percent. Childrens exposure to violence typically refers to children who witness or are victimized by violence this includes physical assault peer victimization sexual victimization child abuse and maltreatment as well as witnessing seeing or hearing in the home school or community. Childrens exposure to violence is an issue that touches everyone an american tragedy that scars children and threatens the safety of communities all children require love nurturing and support to thrive and break the cycle of violence that affects them. Childrens exposure to violence whether as victims or witnesses is often associated with long term physical psychological and emotional harm children exposed to violence are also at a higher risk of engaging in criminal behavior later in life and becoming part of a cycle of violence
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