Beyond Suppression
Global Perspectives on Youth Violence
by Joan Serra Hoffman, Lyndee Knox, and Robert Cohen, Editors
November 2010, 251pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38345-8
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From Colombia to Northern Ireland, from South Africa to the United States. All around the world, youth violence—defined as violence committed by or against individuals ages 10–29—is occurring with alarming frequency; 565 young people die every day as a result of interpersonal assaults. What can be done to end this needless violence?

This examination of youth violence provides readers with insights from international experts and real-life examples of how nations and communities around the world have successfully dealt with the issue.

The magnitude of the problem of youth violence in nations throughout the world is shocking. What is encouraging is that strategies to combat this issue do appear to work. For example, community-based restorative justice programs in Northern Ireland reduced retaliatory strikes by paramilitary youth groups by 75 percent, and research trials of policy and intervention strategies, such as parent training and early childhood education, have been shown to significantly reduce youth violence.

This text offers a comprehensive overview of youth violence, including background information that defines the problem internationally, a conceptual framework for understanding approaches to youth violence, examinations of multiple case studies, and examples of prevention programs. The final section presents conclusions and suggested strategies for dealing with interpersonal violence and recommendations for future policy.


  • Contains contributions from over 20 international experts describing measures to address youth violence within the political, social, cultural, and economic contexts of their environments
  • 12 case studies illustrate the various conceptual and programmatic approaches for understanding, preventing, and reducing youth violence in various countries
  • Over 50 citations of seminal research and programmatic works in the areas of public health, restorative justice, and resilience-based approaches to youth violence
Joan Serra Hoffman, PhD, is a consultant to international organizations including the Inter-American Bank, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, and USAID. Her published works include Youth Violence, Resilience and Rehabilitation. Hoffman was the founding codirector of the Inter-American Coalition for the Prevention of Violence, and was the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellowship.

Lyndee Knox, PhD, is CEO of LA Net, a community-based organization that supports not-for-profit groups working in low income communities. She also serves as codirector of the Southern California Academic Center of Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention. Her published works include Connecting the Dots to Prevent Youth Violence: A Training and Outreach Guide for Health Care Professions and she is editor of Youth Violence Prevention and the Health Professions: Core Competencies for Effective Practice.

Robert Cohen, PhD, is professor and vice chair in the department of psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. His published works include Chisled in Sand: Perspectives on Change in Human Services Organizations and Hammond's Choice: A Marty Fenton Mystery Novel, a mystery novel focused on the child mental health system. Cohen served as the principal investigator of the VCU Center for the Study and Prevention of Youth Violence.


“The text reaffirms the conflicting and often counterproductive perspectives taken by various countries and the history of their failed efforts. Such a legacy of disappointment self-promotes this work and offers the promise of refreshed and inspired new alignment to address this worldwide phenomenon. Suitable as the foundation or companion reader of any related advanced undergraduate or graduate course. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”—Choice, August 1, 2011
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