High School Girls and Violence 2015: A Chartbook

Chandra Childers, Ph.D., Asha DuMonthier

October 26, 2016
  • ID: IWPR #B363

This chartbook focuses on an area often ignored in discussions about the well-being of girls generally, and girls of color in particular—the alarming proportion of high school girls experiencing physical and sexual violence at the hands of schoolmates, friends, family members, and dating partners. This violence has long-term effects on girls’ lives, including degraded physical and mental health, limited educational success, increased chances of becoming entangled in the criminal justice system, and reduced long-term economic security (Hartmann et al., 2015, Riger et al. 2000, Saar, et al. 2015, Wider Opportunities for Women 2013). This chartbook relies on data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) to provide a snapshot of the prevalence of violence in the lives of high school girls in the United States.