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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does the age profile of suicide victims differ from homicide victims?
A: With few exceptions, suicide victims outnumbered homicide victims through age 24 in 2019.

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  • While suicides outnumbered homicides for persons 11 and older, the ratio of suicides to homicides was greatest among 12 to 13 year-olds. In 2019, the ratio between suicides and homicides was more than 4-to-1 among 12 to 13 year-olds.
  • Comparatively, among adults ages 18 to 24, the suicide to homicide ratio was much lower: 1.2-to-1 in 2019.
  • More than 1,600 juveniles ages 10-17 died by suicide in the U.S. in 2019.
  • Nearly half (47%) of all juvenile (ages 10-17) suicides in 2019 involved suffocation (e.g., hanging), 40% were committed with a firearm, and 12% by a different method (e.g., poisoning).
  • Between 2015 and 2019, suicide and homicide, respectively, were the second and third leading causes of death among youth ages 10 to 17, trailing only unintentional injury.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02705.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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