Justice Department Hosts Forum On Children Exposed to Violence

Jul 24, 2012

The Attorney General’s Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence will hold a briefing on Wednesday, July 25th at 2:00pm in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2237. The Task Force is a key component of the Department of Justice’s Defending Childhood Initiative, established to address the rising epidemic of children’s exposure to violence. The discussion will focus on the issue of children exposed to violence; the activities and outcomes of the task force hearings in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Detroit and Miami; and the preliminary findings and recommendations to the Attorney General.

Every year, millions of children and adolescents in the United States are victimized and exposed to violence in their homes, schools and neighborhoods. Research shows early identification and interventions can be effective in countering the effects of violence, enhancing resiliency and fostering healthy child development.

During the briefing you will hear from officials from the Department of Justice, Task Force Co-Chairs, Joe Torre, founder of the Joe Torre Safe At Home ® Foundation and Robert Listenbee, Jr., Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia They will discuss the scope, seriousness and urgency of the problem of children’s exposure to violence as well as lessons learned from experts and community members from around the country.