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Juveniles as Offenders
Homicide
Q: What are the trends in victim-offender relationships for juvenile homicide offending?
A: Between 1980 and 2011, 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, 1980-2011

Year Family Acquaintance Stranger

1980 182 536 400
1981 199 602 457
1982 155 543 413
1983 182 516 285
1984 157 426 286
1985 167 544 319
1986 179 670 354
1987 204 680 355
1988 181 800 445
1989 174 884 547
1990 166 1,015 745
1991 166 1,190 807
1992 181 1,211 777
1993 184 1,325 937
1994 183 1,351 915
1995 162 1,056 814
1996 135 1,024 614
1997 122 846 511
1998 158 667 409
1999 128 569 299
2000 115 386 338
2001 104 368 285
2002 106 388 293
2003 96 391 277
2004 94 392 309
2005 88 399 354
2006 81 528 412
2007 87 481 433
2008 97 471 301
2009 90 428 304
2010 66 328 285
2011 68 307 245

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  • Murder victims of known juvenile offenders are more likely to be acquaintances than strangers. In 2011, 38% of murder victims of known juvenile offenders were acquaintances and 30% were strangers.
  • In 2011, the number of family members murdered by known juvenile offenders was about one-third the number in 1980.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03107.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on August 05, 2013.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Kang, W. (2013). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports: 1980-2011. Available on-line at: http://ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802011 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.

 

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