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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: What are the characteristics of violent crimes against juveniles?
A: Juvenile victims are likely to know their offender.

Characteristics of violent crimes against juveniles, 1993-2003

  Average Annual Percent
            Victim age          
  12-14 15-17

Victim-offender relationship    
Acquaintances/well known 58 % 45 %
Stranger 32   41  
Parent 2   2  
Relative 2   3  
Intimate 1   4  
Don't know 5   2  
Location of violent crime    
School 53 % 32 %
Open area 17   22  
Victim's home 15   17  
Other home 7   12  
Other location 8   18  
Weapon Type    
No weapon 78 % 68 %
Weapon 18   25  
  Firearm 3   9  
  Knife 6   6  
  Other/type unknown 9   10  
Donít known if
weapon was present
5   8  

Note: Nonfatal violent crimes included are rape/sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault.

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  • Older juvenile victims (ages 15-17) of nonfatal violence were more likely than younger victims (ages 12-14) to have been victimized by a stranger (41% vs. 32%) and less likely to have been victimized by an acquaintances (45% vs. 58%).
  • More than half (53%) of nonfatal violent crimes against younger juveniles occurred at a school. Younger juveniles were slightly less likely than older juveniles to be victimized at home (15% vs. 17%).
  • Older juveniles were more likely than younger juveniles to be victims of nonfatal violence in which a weapon was invloved (25% vs. 18%).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02502.asp?qaDate=2003. Released on September 12, 2008.

Data Source: Baum, K. (2005) Juvenile victimization and offending, 1993-2003. Bureau of Justice Statistics: Special Report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice.


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