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Juveniles as Victims
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Q: In which States do juvenile suicide victims outnumber juvenile homicide victims?
A: Between 1999 and 2019, juvenile suicide victims outnumbered juvenile homicide victims in 38 states.

Notes: *The suicide rate is the average annual number of suicides of youth ages 1017 divided by the average annual population of youth ages 1017 (per 1,000,000). The suicide/homicide ratio is the total number of suicides of youth ages 1017 divided by the total number of homicides of youth ages 1017. A ratio of more than 1.0 indicates that the number of suicides was greater than the number of homicides.

NA: Too few homicides to calculate a ratio.

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  • Juveniles (ages 10-17) in Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota, Utah, and Montana were about 7 to 11 times more likely to be the victim of a suicide than to be a victim of homicide between 1999 and 2019; juveniles in the District of Columbia were about 11 times more likely to be a victim of homicide than to be a victim of suicide over the same time period.
  • Suicide rates varied largely by state between 1999 and 2019. The suicide rate was highest in Alaska and South Dakota (12.1 and 11.7 suicides per 1,000,000 persons ages 10-17, respectively) and lowest in New Jersey (1.8 suicides per 1,000,000 persons ages 10-17).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02704.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on April 16, 2021.

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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