Youth Resilience To Crime And Violence
Young people constitute the majority of both victims and perpetrators of crime in South Africa. Strategies and interventions aimed at reducing the levels of crime often aim to reduce the levels of risk. The concept of resilience or protective factors is fraught with debate, specifically regarding the degree to which resilience factors exist as merely the converse or the absence of risk factors.
There has been little work done on resilience factors within the South African environment. With this in mind, the CJCP undertook an innovative study to identify and prioritise resilience factors that exist in South Africa. The objectives of the study were twofold - to inform the emerging local discourse on social crime prevention with a slant on building youth resilience to crime; and to inform the design and implementation of youth resilience implementation projects working with youth and children within a range of South African environments.
Visit the Publications page to access the youth violence reports.