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Female Victims of Violent Crime

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Date Published
December 1996
3 pages
D Craven
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Publication Type
This report summarizes findings from several U.S. Department of Justice published reports that focus on the number of violent victimizations of women, rates of victimization, and the contexts in which the incidents occurred.
Data were obtained from the National Crime Victimization Survey and the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The data show that between 1992 and 1994, the number of violent crimes committed against women reached almost 14 million. In 1994 there was 1 rape for every 270 women, 1 robbery for every 240 women, and 1 assault for every 29. For homicide, the least frequent offense, there was 1 female victim for approximately every 23,000 women age 12 or older. In 1994 women were approximately two- thirds as likely as men to be victims of violence. In general, for both fatal and nonfatal violence, women are at higher risk than men to be victimized by an intimate; and women are more likely to be victimized by someone they know than by a stranger. In 1992-93 a majority of women victims (78 percent) reported that the offender who victimized them was a person known to them, sometimes intimately. Victimization rates for men exceed those for women in all violent crime categories except rape and sexual assault. Low-income women are more likely to experience violent victimization, but the race or ethnicity of the female victim is not associated with level of risk. Female victims are more likely to be injured in violence by intimates than in violence by strangers, and women injured in violent crimes are more likely than those not injured to report victimization to the police. 4 tables, 2 figures, and 5 references
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