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Hate Crime Victimization, 2003-2011

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Date Published
March 2013
17 pages
Nathan Sandholtz; Lynn Langton Ph.D.; Michael Planty Ph.D.
Publication Series
This special report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics presents data on hate crime victimization for the years 2003 through 2011.
Using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), this special report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics presents information on hate crime victimizations for the period 2003 through 2011. Review of the data found no change in the annual average number of total, violent, or property hate crime victimizations for the period 2003-2006 and 2007-2011. For these same time frames, the percentage of hate crime motivated by religious bias increase from 10 percent to 21 percent, while the percentage motivated by racial bias decreased from 63 percent to 54 percent. Review of the data also revealed that 92 percent of all hate crimes that occurred between 2007 and 2011 were violent victimizations, and that about one third of all hate crimes occurred at or near the victim's home. The review also found that the percentage of hate crime reported to police decreased from 46 percent to 35 percent for the periods 2003-2006 and 2007-2011, and that for the period 2001-2011, Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics had similar rates of violent hate crime victimization. The data for this report came from the NCVS and was grouped into two time frames, 2003-2006 and 2007-2011, in order to increase the reliability and stability of the estimates. The NCVS is an annual survey of a nationally representative sample of U.S. households that collects information on nonfatal crimes, whether or not they were reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older. Tables, figures, and appendixes

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