Street & Community Violence

Street and community violence is usually categorized in accordance to the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator. Street violence refers to the use of physical force by individuals or groups within public spaces resulting in injury or death. This includes the forms of violence that are most often addressed by public health practitioners and researchers, particularly gang and youth violence, which often take place in the street or other open areas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has the highest rates of childhood homicide, suicide, and firearm-related death among industrialized countries. Violence caused by gang involvement has taken on a larger concern as they often incorporate drug and burglary crimes.