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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: What are the trends in serious violent crime victimization of youth?
A: The rate of serious violent crime 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. Homicide data for 2018 were not available; as such, the number of homicides for 2017 is included in the overall total for 2018.
** Due to methodological changes in the 2006 National Crime Victimization Survey, use caution when comparing 2006 criminal victimization estimates to other years.
NA: Due to a sample increase and redesign in 2016, estimates in 2016 are not comparable to estimates for other years.

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  • The rate of serious violent victimization for youth ages 12-17 decreased 84% from 1993 to 2015, increased through 2017, then declined 25% through 2018.
  • After reaching a peak in 1991, the male victimization rate fell 88% by 2018, while the female rate in 2018 was 83% below its 1993 peak.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02501.asp?qaDate=2018. Released on August 30, 2021.

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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