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World Health Organization. (2020) Youth violence. World Health Organization. Fact sheet N°356.

External website: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs356/en...

Key facts

  • Youth violence is a global public health problem. It includes a range of acts from bullying and physical fighting, to more severe sexual and physical assault to homicide.
  • Worldwide some 200 000 homicides occur among youth 10–29 years of age each year, which is 42% of the total number of homicides globally each year.
  • Homicide is the fourth leading cause of death in people aged 10-29 years, and 84% of these homicides involve male victims.
  • For each young person killed, many more sustain injuries requiring hospital treatment.
  • In one study, from 3–24% of women report that their first sexual experience was forced.
  • When it is not fatal, youth violence has a serious, often lifelong, impact on a person's physical, psychological and social functioning.
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June 2020
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Fact sheet N°356
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