ERIC Number: ED426513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Phoenix Violence Prevention Initiative.
Waits, Mary Jo; Johnson, Ryan; Silverstein, Rustin
This report describes seven categories of violent crime in Phoenix, Arizona, and provides causes, facts, preventative programs, and lessons learned pertaining to each category of violence. The categories are: (1) prenatal and early childhood; (2) families; (3) individual youth; (4) schools; (5) neighborhood and community; (6) workplace; and (7) justice systems. The Phoenix Violence Prevention Initiative was prepared in response to crime statistics collected between 1986 and 1995. Although whites accounted for 86 percent of all serious arrests in Arizona, the proportion of arrests for violent and serious crimes committed by Hispanics during the last 10 years has exceeded the overall statewide proportion of Hispanics. Drug usage is involved in 56 percent of all arrests. Aggravated assault account for the largest number of violent crimes, while larceny and theft accounts for the largest number of serious property crime incidents. In Phoenix, most homicide victims knew their killers, and were of the same race or ethnicity as their killers. Blacks and Hispanics are disproportionally likely to be victims of homicide, and murders are most usually committed on Saturdays between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Of 205 homicides committed in Phoenix (Arizona), a recent study shows that 46 percent occurred in the street and 48 percent at home. Verbal disputes, mutual combat, domestic abuse, narcotics, gangs, and robbery were the most frequent causes of homicide in Phoenix in 1994 and 1996. (Contains 16 statistical tables and 18 references.) (RIB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona