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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does juvenile homicide victimization vary by sex?
A: Males account for the largest share of juvenile homicide victims, but the female proportion has grown since the mid 1990s.
Juvenile homicide victims by sex, 1980-2011

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  • In 2011, females accounted for 32% of all juvenile murder victims, down from 36% in 2002.
  • The large increase in juvenile homicides between 1984 and 1993 (up 94%) and the subsequent decline through 2002 (down 45%) were nearly all attributable to changes in homicides of male juveniles. Males accounted for 85% of the growth in juvenile homicide victims between 1984 and 1993 and 82% of the decline between 1993 and 2002.
  • The number of juvenile females murdered declined between 2002 and 2006 (down 16%). Despite an increase between 2006-2007, the number of juvenile female murder victims in 2011 was near its lowest level of the 32-year period. The annual number of juvenile males murdered increased 30% between 2002 and 2006, then declined 28% through 2011, reaching its lowest level of 32-year period.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02312.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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