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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: When is violent crime victimization of adults and juveniles most likely to occur?
A: The violent victimization of juveniles was greatest between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., while adult victimizations were most common between 9 p.m. and midnight.
Note: Violent crimes include murder, violent sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Data are from law enforcement agencies in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

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  • The daily timing of violent crimes differed for juvenile and adult victims. The number of violent crimes with adult victims increased hourly from morning through the evening hours, peaking between 9 p.m. and midnight.
  • In contrast, violent crimes with juvenile victims peaked between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., fell to a lower level in the early evening, and declined substantially after 9 p.m.
  • Robbery victimizations for persons under age 18 and adult victims ages 18 peaked 9 p.m.
  • Aggravated assault victimizations of juveniles remained relatively high from 3 p.m. through 9 p.m., while adult victimizations climbed throughout the day, reaching a peak at 10 p.m.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02602.asp?qaDate=2016. Released on October 22, 2018.

Data Source: National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. National Incident-Based Reporting System Extract Files for 2016 [Computer files]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor].


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