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Chapter 14 lesson 3. Strategies for Avoiding violence. Violence in Society. Teens are increasingly involved in violent crimes, either committing them or victims of them. 2003 homicide was the 2 nd leading cause of death for young people between 16-24 5,243 deaths

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Chapter 14 lesson 3

Strategies for Avoiding violence

Violence in Society

  • Teens are increasingly involved in violent crimes, either committing them or victims of them.

  • 2003 homicide was the 2nd leading cause of death for young people between 16-24

    • 5,243 deaths

  • Homicide is the willful killing of one human being by another.

Why does violence happen

  • Unsuccessful efforts to resolve a conflict

  • Crimes of hate

  • Frustration or anger over poverty or lack of opportunity

    • Crimes are usually robberies or thefts, but sometimes people are killed or injured in the process

  • Random acts are committed for no particular reason

Violence and Teens

  • Teens involved in violent acts are on the rise

    • 14.8% of students have been involved in a fight on school property at least once

  • Aggravated assault is significantly higher with young people ages 15-34 than any other age group

  • Aggravated assault is the unlawful attack with an intent to hurt or kill

Violence in School

  • Teen violence is on the rise on the streets and in the schools

  • 16,000 crimes take place in or around schools

  • Fights, attacks, and shootings happen on school grounds

  • Gang involvement takes place in classrooms, restrooms, hallways, and in locker rooms

Stressful Environment

  • Teachers find it hard to teach

  • Students difficult to learn

    • They are fearful

    • They want to fit in

    • Hard to focus

  • This has caused schools take preventive measures

    • Metal detectors

    • School resource officers

    • Physical searches for drugs of weapons

Factors Affecting Violence

  • Availability of weapons:

    • hand gun, knives and assault rifles are finding their way into they hands of teens

  • Territoriality: usually involves gangs.

    • Often violence centers around drugs

Factors Affecting Violence cont.

  • Media: TV, song lyrics, videos, movies, and video games carry images of or messages about violence

    • After carjackings were first report, there was an increase.

    • Viewers became desensitized or emotionally indifferent to acts of brutality

Factors Affecting Violence cont

  • Substance Abuse: the use of, or selling drugs has caused an increase in violence

    • Selling drugs has resulted in drive-by shootings

    • Drug users rob or steal to pay for their habit

    • Drugs exaggerate what a person is feeling and increase emotions such as jealousy and anger

Stopping and Preventing Violence

  • Communities are trying to find healthful ways release energy and avoid becoming a assailant or victim of a violent crime

  • After school programs

  • Sports and camping programs

  • Video production and the arts programs

  • Businesses are funding programs that provide internships for teens who are “at risk” of violence

What You Can Do

  • Avoid guns, drugs, and alcohol

  • Resist becoming a gang member

  • Learn the skills of communication and conflict resolution

  • Work at building your self-esteem

  • Limit your exposure to media that contains violence

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