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Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2015

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Date Published
June 2017
15 pages
Madeline Masucci; Lynn Langton
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Publication Type
Survey, Statistics
This is a summary of the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics' report on hate-crime victimization in the United States for 2004-2015.
The Hate Crime Statistics Act defines hate crimes as those "that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, gender or gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity." For the period 2004 to 2015, U.S. residents experienced an average of 250,000 hate-crime victimizations each year (0.7 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older). There was no statistically significant change in the rate of violent hate-crime victimizations during this period. During the aggregated period from 2011 to 2015, 48 percent of hate-crime victimization were motivated by racial bias; 35 percent of victims believed they were victimized because of their ethnicity or gender. Ninety percent of hate crimes in the period 2011-15 involved violence, and approximately 29 percent were serious violent crimes (rape and sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault). Fifty-four percent of hate-crime victimization during this period were reported to police. Males and females had similar rates of hate-crime victimization. Hispanics experienced a higher rate of violent hate victimization than non-Hispanic Whites. Persons in households in the lowest income bracket ($24,999 or less) had the highest rate of victimization compared to all other income categories. 1 figure
Date Created: June 29, 2017