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Violence related behaviours and young people project

A formative study to assess the frequency and severity of violence related behaviours of Western Australian young people to inform public policy and practice in intentional injury control.

This project aimed to determine the frequency, severity and impact of violent behaviours on young people aged between 10 and 17 years, both in-and out-of-school. This study examined the associations between violence related behaviours and other potential explanatory variables to provide a snapshot of data necessary to benchmark the impact of any future interventions to address violence related injuries in young people.

Data were collected from three age clusters (10-12 year olds, 13-15 year olds and 16-17 year olds) of in-school and out-of-school young people using a self-report questionnaire. In-school young people were accessed through 14 randomly selected Western Australian schools and a selection youth agencies and organisations were used to access out-of-school young people.

The final report presented to the Injury Prevention Branch of the WA Department of Health details the literature review, project methodology, findings, discussion and recommendations for future policy and practice.

Project Duration


Funding body

Injury Prevention Branch, Department of Health, Western Australia

For further information about this project please contact the Injury Prevention Branch of the WA Department of Health.


Professor Donna Cross
Associate Professor Marg Hall 
Ms Therese Shaw

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