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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: How many juveniles are victims of murder in the United States?
A: Between 1980 and 2011, an estimated 60,200 juveniles were murdered in the United States 1,380 in 2011.
Juvenile homicide victims, 1980-2011

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  • Homicides of juveniles peaked in 1993 at about 2,840. The number of juvenile homicide victims in 2011 was 52% below the 1993 peak and at the lowest level of the 32-year period. Juveniles represented about 10% of all murder victims in 2011.
  • In 2011, 32% of murdered juveniles were female, 47% were black, and 47% were killed with a firearm. Of the juvenile murder victims with known offenders in 2011, 38% were killed by family members, 46% by acquaintances, and 15% by strangers.
  • Between 1980 through 2011, juvenile offenders participated in nearly 1 of every 4 homicides of juveniles in which the offenders were known to law enforcement. In about one-fifth of the juvenile homicides in which known juvenile offenders participated, adult offenders were also involved.
  • In 2010, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (within the Centers for Disease Control) listed homicide as the fourth leading cause of death for children ages 1 through 11 and third for youth ages 12 to 17.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02304.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.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) [accessed June 2013 from www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars].


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