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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: How do the number of juvenile suicide victims compare to the number of juvenile homicide victims?
A: Persons ages 717 are about as likely to be victims of suicide as they are to be victims of homicide.

Number of suicide and homicide victims by age, 1990-2010

Victim age Suicide Homicide

10 181 536
11 392 630
12 787 828
13 1,603 1,339
14 2,753 2,532
15 4,106 4,505
16 5,841 7,134
17 7,117 10,471
18 8,756 14,115
19 10,111 15,626
20 10,216 15,724
21 11,591 15,781
22 11,244 15,172
23 11,360 14,678
24 11,229 14,067

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  • Nearly 23,000 juveniles ages 1017 died by suicide in the U.S. between 1990 and 2010.
  • For all juveniles ages 717, suicide was the fourth leading cause of death over this period, trailing only unintentional injury (113,200), homicide (29,800) and cancer (25,000).
  • More than half (52%) of all juvenile suicides between 1990 and 2010 were committed with a firearm, 37% by some form of suffocation (e.g., hanging), and just over 6% by poisoning.
  • The proportion of juvenile suicides committed with a firearm peaked in 1994 at 69% and then fell, so that by 2010 less than half (37%) of juvenile suicides involved a firearm.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02701.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on August 05, 2013.

Data source: Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC. (2013). WISQARS (Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) [interactive database system]. Online. Available: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html

 

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