Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


The Community Safety Program is an agency that focuses on creating methods and analyzing data to decrease violence among youth. The Salinas community completed a survey in which the responses were analyzed to describe the beliefs of youth violence. Violence among youth is a problem that has increased significantly during the last few decades. Some of the contributing factors that create violence are low socioeconomic status, unemployment, and locations prominent by gangs. The consequences of violence are domestic violence or poor neighborhoods, mental health problems, and lack of services and education. Because of this, the majority of the Salinas community still believes that violence is continuously increasing. The purpose of this project is to determine what people think is happening with violence in Salinas and then the information will be provided about the current violence situation. The results demonstrated that the average of 76.5% (Appendix B and C, figure 2.2 and 3.2) of the population “strongly agree” and “agree” that violence has increased over the last few years. However, an average of 4.9 percent of people strongly disagrees that violence has increased. With this information, the City of Salinas Community Safety Division should provide more access to information to educate the community about this social issue.