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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Are there age differences between the victims of juvenile non-fatal violence and the victims of adult non-fatal violence?
A: Yes--most victims of violent juvenile offenders were themselves juveniles, and most victims of violent adult offenders were age 18 or older.
Percent of victims by age, within offender category

Note: Non-fatal violent offenses include sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault.

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  • Sixty-two percent (62%) of juvenile offenders' violent crime victims were under age 18, compared to 14% of adult offenders' victims.
  • Because 81% of all victims of violent crime were victimized by adult offenders, the age profiles for all victims and for victims of adult offenders were very similar.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02603.asp?qaDate=20050531. Released on May 31, 2005.

Adapted from McCurley, C., and Snyder, H. (2004). Victims of Violent Juvenile Crime. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2000). National Incident-Based Reporting System Master Files for the years 1997 and 1998 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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