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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does firearm use in juvenile homicide victimization vary by race?
A: Firearms were involved in a greater proportion of black juvenile homicides than white, but trends in the proportion of firearm-related homicides were similar for both racial groups.
Firearm percent of juvenile homicide victims by race, 1980-2011

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  • In 2011, a greater percentage of black than white juvenile murder victims were killed with a firearm (56% vs. 40%). In fact, black juvenile homicide victims were more likely to be killed by a firearm than white juvenile victims each year between 1980 and 2011.
  • The proportion of black juvenile homicides involving a firearm increased substantially during a 3-year period in the late 1980's.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02307.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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