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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does juvenile homicide victimization vary by sex and age?
A: Until their teenage years, boys and girls are equally likely to be murdered.

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  • Between 2010 and 2019, the annual numbers of male and female homicide victims were relatively similar for victims at each age under 14. However, older victims were disproportionately male. For example, between 2010 and 2019, males accounted for 83% of all youth homicide victims ages 15 to 17.
  • Between 2010 and 2019, approximately 2,465 17-year-old males were homicide victims, compared to approximately 400 females of the same age.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02311.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on November 16, 2020.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C., Chamberlin, G. and Kang, W. (2020). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports. Available on-line at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802019 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.

 

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