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Are abused children more likely to offend later in life?
Information on the phenomenon known as the "cycle of violence," in which a childhood history of physical abuse may lead the survivor to be more likely to commit violence in later years, is available in the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) resources:

To learn more, visit the OJJDP-funded National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence website. For additional information, visit the Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse and Children Exposed to Violence sections of our website.

Last Updated: 8/26/2015


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