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Defining Youth Violence

Youth violence includes various behaviors, such as fighting, bullying, gang-related violence, and homicide. These behaviors involve the intentional use of physical force or power by a young person between the ages of 10 and 24 to threaten or harm other people. Young people can be involved with violence as victims, perpetrators, or witnesses.

To learn more about what youth violence is and the importance of consistent descriptions, please visit CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention website.