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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: How do the number of juvenile suicide victims compare to the number of juvenile homicide victims?
A: Since 2009, the annual number of youth suicide victims exceeded the number of youth homicide victims.

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  • Homicide victims ages 10 to 17 outnumbered youth suicide victims through 1999. More recently, however, the trend reversed as suicides outnumbered homicides annually since 2009. By 2017, nearly twice as many youth died as a result of suicide than homicide.
  • Suicide and homicide victimization have been on the rise in recent years, but the increase in suicides started earlier than the increase in homicides. The number of youth suicide victims increased each year since 2010, rising 77% to reach a peak in 2017. Conversely, homicides increased annually since 2013 (up 33%), but remain well below the 1993 peak.
  • Suicide and homicide, respectively, were the second and third leading causes of death among youth ages 10 to17 between 2013 and 2017.
  • In 2017, about half (49%) of all youth suicides were the result of some form of suffocation (e.g., hanging), 41% were committed with a firearm, and 11% by a different method (e.g., poisoning).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02701.asp?qaDate=2017. Released on February 28, 2019.

Data source: Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC. 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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