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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: What are the trends in serious violent crime victimization of youth?
A: The serious violent victimization rate for juveniles ages 12-17 increased from 1985 to 1993 and then dropped substantially.
Serious violent victimizations per 1,000 juveniles in age group, 1980-2014

Serious violent victimizations per 1,000 juveniles ages 12-17, 1980-2014

Note: Serious violent crimes include aggravated assault, rape, robbery, and homicide. Aggravated assault, rape, and robbery data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey and homicide data are from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
*Data from 2003 onward are collected under the 1997 OMB Standards. Persons could select one or more of five racial groups and are not directly comparable with data from earlier years. Data on race and Hispanic origin are now collected separately.
** Due to methodological changes in the 2006 National Crime Victimization Survey, use caution when comparing 2006 criminal victimization estimates to other years.
Reporting standards not met due to insufficient unweighted sample cases.

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  • The rate of serious violent victimization for youth ages 12-17 decreased 81% from 1993 to 2014.
  • From 1980 through 2014, the serious violent crime victimization rate for youth age 15-17 averaged about 15% more than the rate for youth ages 12-14.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02501.asp?qaDate=2014. Released on August 31, 2016.

Data source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics' America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being. [Table PHY6 located at http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/tables.asp]


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