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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Do the number of suicide and homicide victims vary by sex?
A: Far more males than females ages 1216 were victims of suicide or murder between 19902010. However, for each gender, the number of suicides was about the same as the number of murders.

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

              Male                              Female                 
Victim age Suicide Homicide Suicide Homicide

10 161 313 20 223
11 327 379 65 251
12 611 497 176 331
13 1,157 873 446 466
14 1,952 1,841 801 691
15 3,006 3,579 1,100 926
16 4,573 6,001 1,268 1,133
17 5,872 9,037 1,245 1,434
18 7,521 12,238 1,235 1,877
19 8,715 13,602 1,396 2,024
20 8,835 13,667 1,381 2,057
21 10,017 13,659 1,574 2,122
22 9,761 12,989 1,483 2,183
23 9,774 12,609 1,586 2,069
24 9,572 11,905 1,657 2,162

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  • Between 1990 and 2010, suicide was the third leading cause of death for males ages 717 and the fourth leading cause of death for females in that age group.
  • Both males and females ages 1824 were far more likely to be a victim of homicide than a victim of suicide.
  • Between 1990 and 2010, 78% of all juvenile suicide victims were male, with the annual proportion remarkably stable over the period. Consequently, suicide trends were similar for juvenile males and females.
  • The method of suicide differed for males and females, with males more likely than females to use a firearm and less likely to use poison.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02702.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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