European Youth Portal

Information and opportunities for young people across Europe.


Living with violence

Many young people have to live with violence as a ”normal” part of their lives.

It’s more common for boys to be involved in violent events than it is for girls. In 2011, almost half (46%) of those suspected of violent crimes were young men between 15 and 29. 1 in 5 was a teenager.

 

That same year (2011) 9% of the boys and almost 5% of the girls between 16 and 24 were victims of a violent crime. Compared to other age groups, particularly older ones, these numbers are extremely high. 3.4% of the women and 0.5% of the men were victims of a sexual crime.

 

The risk of young people being exposed to violence was two to three times as the risk for people between 35 and 44 and three to four times as high as the risk for people between 45 and 64.

 

Many victims of hate crimes are also young; a third (33%) of the victims between 2008 and 2010 were between 16 and 24 years old. For homophobic hate crimes, the percentage is even higher: 41%. A very large portion of the suspects in homophobic hate crime cases are young men.

 

Linking stereotypical gender roles with violence

87% of people between 16 and 25 state that society expects them to be a certain way because of their gender. Especially the girls feel that this is problematic. 53% of them want to change the way society looks at what is male and female, whereas 38% of the boys want to do this.

 

The risk of being the perpetrator of a violent or violating act is 3.2 times higher for boys who agree with stereotypical statements about gender roles and about masculinity and femininity, than for boys who don’t agree with any of these statements.

 

This is all stated in the report on young people and violence done by the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs.