Attorney General's Task Force Reports on Ending Children's Exposure to Violence

Of the 76 million children and youth in the United States, an estimated 46 million’s lives will be touched by violence, crime, abuse, and psychological trauma this year. One in ten will be exposed to multiple forms of violence.  Any violence in a young person’s life could profoundly derail their security, health, happiness and ability to grow and learn.

The Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence recently released a report that provides a comprehensive roadmap for preventing violence and for helping children and youth to heal and recover when it happens. The report makes a host of recommendations that would help identify these young people soon after their exposure and give them specialized services, evidence-based treatment and proper care and support.

Task Force co-chairs Robert Listenbee and Joe Torre write, “The good news is that we know what works to address children’s exposure to violence. Now we must work courageously to find the resources to spread the solutions and implement them where they are needed.”

The report is based on comprehensive research, testimony at four public hearings,  and extensive input from experts, advocates, and U.S. families and communities affected by violence.

Read the full Report of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (PDF, 890KB).

Learn more about Defending Childhood, the Attorney General’s initiative to reduce children’s exposure to violence as victims and witnesses.