Research consistently demonstrates that father absence, crime and violence are directly connected as father-absent young males are twice as likely to engage in criminal activity and a startling 70% of incarcerated juveniles grew up without the positive influence of a father in their lives. This high-potential for crime carries into schools as father-absent children are more likely to carry a gun to school and eleven times more likely to exhibit violent behavior in the classroom. As these children grow into adults they have a significantly greater risk for continued criminal behavior, much of which can be attributed to the low rate of supervision found in many father-absent homes.
The Fatherhood Educational Institute recognizes responsible fatherhood as a critical step in crime and violence prevention as the disappearance of fathers in the lives of children has had a detrimental impact crime and violence.
“Fathers are the first line of defense in preventing crime by being mentors, caregivers, and nurturing healthy child relationships,”
For more information about what families and communities can do to overcome the devastating problem of crime and father absence visit http://fatherhood-