Social work organizations that support victims of violence must view this work within a larger context. The field often considers the ways in which poverty, mental health, trauma, and the responses of the criminal justice and social services systems affect victims of violence. Too often missing from this list of considerations is the influence of race, age, and gender. The field of social work needs to commit to understanding the impact of the intersection of race, age, and gender on the response to survivors of crime and violence to improve services for young men of color.

Improving services to young men of color is critical because national data demonstrate that black and Latino Americans are more likely than any other demographic group to be victims of crime. In 2012, black people experienced 11.3 serious violent crimes per 1,000 people, Latinos experienced 9.3 serious...

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