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Criminal Victimization, 2018

NCJ Number
Date Published
September 2019
37 pages
Rachel E. Morgan; Barbara A. Oudekerk
Publication Series
Publication Type
Statistics, Report (Technical Assistance), Report (Annual/Periodic)
This report presents data and commentary on crime in the United States based on data from the 2018 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), and trends in violent crime and its victim demographics are reported for the period 1993 though 2018.
This report indicates that the general trend of declining violent crime in the United States that began in the 1990s has been higher than in 2015. According to the NCVS, the number of U.S. residents age 12 or older who were victims of violent crime decreased from 2014 to 2015 (the most recent year that a decline was reported). The number of violent-crime victims then increased from 2015 to 2016, and then increased again from 2016 to 2018. There was no statistically significant 1-year change in the number of victims from 2016 to 2017 or from 2017 to 2018. The increase in the number of violent-crime victims age 12 or older from 2.7 million to 3.3 million was driven by increases in the number of victims of rape or sexual assault, aggravated assault, and simple assault. From 2015 to 2018, the number of persons who were victims of violent crime, as well as the percentage of persons who were victims of violent crime, increased among the total population and also among Whites, males, females, those ages 25 to 34, those ages 50 to 64, and those ages 65 or older. Property-crime victimizations declined from 118.6 per 1,000 households in 2016 to 108.2 per 1,000 in 2018. 27 tables and 5 figures
Date Created: June 19, 2020