Social Justice Institute Research Lunch: “Assessing and Treating Exposure to Violence and Trauma in Juvenile-Justice Involved Youth”

Exposure to violence and trauma is a widespread problem among youth and is associated with a number of adverse outcomes, including behavioral health problems and delinquent behaviors. Compared to community samples, there is a high prevalence of youth involved with the juvenile justice system who have been exposed to violence and trauma. Over the past decade, more than 2,500 youth across Ohio involved in the juvenile justice system have been enrolled in the Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative, a diversion program that provides community-based treatment to youth with behavioral health issues.

Photo of Frederick ButcherThe final Social Justice Institute Research Lunch of the academic year, held Tuesday, April 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Crawford Hall, Room A13, will address this topic.

Fredrick Butcher, a senior research associate with the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, will present “Assessing and Treating Exposure to Violence and Trauma in Juvenile-Justice Involved Youth.”

His presentation will examine issues around the assessment of exposure to violence and trauma, the impact of trauma in juvenile justice-involved youth, and the implications that treatment can have on these youth.

Butcher received a PhD in political science from Kent State University in 2012. His research areas include youth violence, trauma, juvenile justice and measurement in criminal justice research and his work has been published in a number of journals in the criminal justice and social work fields.

The research lunch series is free and open to the community. Bring your lunch; drinks and dessert provided.

Reservations requested to