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Offending by Juveniles
Q: What are the trends in victim-offender relationships for juvenile homicide offending?
A: Between 1980 and 2014, the decline in the annual number of known juvenile offenders who killed family members was slow and steady, in stark contrast to the number of those who killed acquaintances and strangers.
Known juvenile homicide offenders, 1980-2014

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  • Murder victims of known juvenile offenders are more likely to be acquaintances than strangers. In 2014, 37% of murder victims of known juvenile offenders were acquaintances and 28% were strangers.
  • In 2014, the number of family members murdered by known juvenile offenders was about half the number in 1980.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03107.asp?qaDate=2014. Released on May 25, 2016.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C., Chamberlin, G. and Kang, W. (2016). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports: 1980-2014. Available on-line at: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802014 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.


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