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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: When is violent crime victimization of adults and juveniles most likely to occur?
A: The violent victimization of juveniles is greatest between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., while adult victimizations are most common between 9 p.m. and midnight.
Victimizations per 1,000 violent crime victims in age group

Victimizations per 1,000 robbery victims in age group

Victimizations per 1,000 aggravated assault victims in age group

Note: Violent crimes include murder, violent sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Data are from law enforcement agencies in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

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  • The daily timing of violent crimes differed for juvenile and adult victims. The number of violent crimes with adult victims increased hourly from morning through the evening hours, peaking between 9 p.m. and midnight.
  • In contrast, violent crimes with juvenile victims peaked between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., fell to a lower level in the early evening, and declined substantially after 9 p.m.
  • Robbery victimizations for persons under age 18 reach their highest levels between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. For adult victims ages 18 and over, robbery victimizations typically occur between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Aggravated assault victimizations of juveniles peak between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., while adult victimizations are most common between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02602.asp?qaDate=2008. Released on December 21, 2010.

Adapted from Snyder, H. & Sickmund, M. (2006). Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report, Chapter 2. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Data Source: National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2008: Extract Files [Computer file]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-08-13.


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