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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does firearm use in juvenile homicide victimization vary by age?
A: Older juveniles are considerably more likely to be killed with a firearm than are younger juveniles.

Firearm percent of juvenile homicide victims by age, 1980-2011

Year 0 to 5 6 to 11 12 to 14 15 to 17

1980 10 % 37 % 47 % 62 %
1981 8   34   52   61  
1982 12   34   51   64  
1983 7   44   47   64  
1984 11   38   47   61  
1985 11   37   53   65  
1986 9   40   54   63  
1987 8   39   68   70  
1988 11   43   64   76  
1989 12   45   66   82  
1990 12   38   74   79  
1991 10   43   76   83  
1992 11   48   76   85  
1993 12   46   75   86  
1994 9   48   76   87  
1995 12   47   80   84  
1996 9   51   71   83  
1997 10   44   67   86  
1998 10   38   64   78  
1999 10   41   66   83  
2000 9   37   63   81  
2001 10   38   59   74  
2002 11   43   65   81  
2003 9   33   68   78  
2004 8   39   67   80  
2005 8   34   66   82  
2006 9   47   75   83  
2007 9   43   68   82  
2008 9   53   72   81  
2009 12   45   65   81  
2010 10   45   71   83  
2011 12   41   75   82  

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  • Since the late 1980s, at least 3 of every 4 murder victims ages 1517 were killed with a firearm, while about 1 of every 10 murder victims under age 6 were killed with a firearm.
  • The youngest juvenile victims (under age 6) were more likely to be killed by personal weapons than by a firearm. In 2011, 46% of murder victims under age 6 were killed by offenders using their hands, fist, or feet.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02308.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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