Girls & Violence


National and state studies indicate a link between violence, teen pregnancy and substance abuse among girls and the violence they experience in the home or at the hands of their partners.

  • Forty-four percent of girls and 13.83% of boys arrested for murder or non-negligent manslaughter killed a parent, stepparent, or other family member. This is most likely related to the high incidence of abuse, especially sexual abuse, girls experience in the home.
  • Homicide is the second leading cause of death for all young women aged 15 - 24, and the single leading cause of death of African American young women aged 15 - 24.