In 2007, homicide was the second leading cause of death among persons ages 10–24 years, accounting for 5,764 deaths. Suicide was the third leading cause, accounting for 4,320 deaths.2
"Polyvictimization” refers to the most highly victimized children who experience violence by numerous perpetrators in numerous settings. Polyvictimization, which applies to over a third (39%) of those affected by violence, is particularly devastating and a strong indicator for additional victimization in the future.1 These issues are obviously painful for the individuals, families, and communities directly involved. Society overall, is also greatly impacted. The average cost (medical and work loss) per violent death is approximately $1.3 million.4 loss) per violent death is approximately $1.3 million.