Youth violence is a major issue which can have long-term negative consequences for victims, their families, friends, and communities. Today’s youth face an increase and greater burden than ever before. They must face external pressures such as poverty, disease, and violence. As per the UN World Population Prospects statistics, it was eventually estimated that there are around 1.3 billion 15-24 years old in the world, with nearly one billion living in developing countries where eventually conflict have occurred. Prevent conflicts and violence among youth is a major challenge.
Causes of conflict and violence
It seems that youths people are occasionally impacted by the society in which they grew up. As a result, the background of those who commit are subject to violence can make a contribution to youth violence. There may be different causes of conflict or violence :
- Early involvement with alcohol, drugs and tobacco
- Specially low intelligence and educational achievement
- Complicity in criminal activity
- Exposure to violence in the family
- Lack of bonding between parents and children
- Associating with peer influence or joining a gang
- Gang members, and also a local supply of illegal drugs
How to prevent youth violence?
- Encourage violence prevention programs in schools
- Work with agencies and organizations to prevent youth violence all around world
- Help to fund the “Safe to Learn” campaign to end violence in and around schools
- Programs that help families and guide positive parenting skills
- Life skills and social development opportunities for children and adolescents to enable them to manage their anger, deal with conflicts, and develop the required social ability to resolve trouble.
- Interventions to minimize harmful and addictive consumption
Other causes of Youth Violence
- According to research, youth violence might become a type of “street justice” in some communities generally due to shortage of police protection. Eventually when this takes place, young people may attempt to secure the surroundings by restoring order to the area through violence.
- Although teenagers are much more likely to engage in violent or criminal behavior when their parents do not provide appropriate guidance. As such, these teens tend to hang out with wrong kind of people, evidently take wrong decisions.
- Afterward the dealing with tragic incidents could also lead to violent behavior in teenagers, generally anger is a normal part of the grieving process, these teenagers’ violent outburst may appear justified.
Violence prevention program
The Violence Prevention Program is indeed meant to help people prevent violence through a process of changing their thinking and behavior. The program provides education and involvement methods to address previous violent and aggressive or destructive actions and/or beliefs in connections with others. It is presumed that even if people have committed violent acts against someone else are given training, skills, and opportunities, they can change their beliefs and abusive patterns in relationships.
Access Date: July 2022