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Age Patterns of Victims of Serious Violent Crime

NCJ Number
162031
Date Published
1997
Length
7 pages
Author(s)
C A Perkins
Agencies
BJS
Publication Series
Publication Type
Statistics
Annotation
This report uses data from 1992 through 1994 to examine serious violent crime across various age groups, with a focus on persons younger than 25; race and gender are also profiled.
Abstract
The serious violent crimes examined are rape and sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide. The findings show that persons age 12 to 24 comprised 22 percent of the population, 35 percent of murder victims, and 49 percent of serious violent crime victims. Persons age 25 to 49 constituted 47 percent of the population, 53 percent of murder victims, and 44 percent of serious violent crime victims. Persons age 50 or older composed 30 percent of the population, 12 percent of murder victims, and 7 percent of serious violent crime victims. Persons age 18 to 21 were the most likely to experience a serious violent crime, and blacks in this age group were the most vulnerable: 72 victimizations per 1,000 blacks, 50 victimizations per 1,000 Hispanics, and 46 victimizations per 1,000 whites. More than 52 percent of all rape/sexual assault victims were females younger than 25. Serious violent crime rates for persons age 18 to 21 were 17 times higher than for persons age 65 or older. Extensive data figures and tables
Date Created: April 30, 2018