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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: What are the trends in serious violent crime victimization of youth?
A: The serious violent victimization rate for juveniles ages 12-17 increased from 1985 to 1993 and then dropped substantially.
Note: Serious violent crimes include aggravated assault, rape, robbery, and homicide. Aggravated assault, rape, and robbery data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey and homicide data are from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
** Due to methodological changes in the 2006 National Crime Victimization Survey, use caution when comparing 2006 criminal victimization estimates to other years.

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  • The rate of serious violent victimization for youth ages 12-17 decreased 85% from 1993 to 2016, resting at its lowest level since 1980.
  • After reaching a peak in 1991, the male victimization rate fell 89% by 2016, while the female rate in 2016 was 80% below its 1993 peak.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02501.asp?qaDate=2016. Released on October 22, 2018.

Data source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics' America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being. [Table PHY6 located at http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/tables.asp]


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