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Injuries From Violent Crime, 1992-98

NCJ Number
168633
Date Published
June 2001
Length
12 pages
Author(s)
Thomas Simon Ph.D.; James Mercy Ph.D.; Craig Perkins
Agencies
BJS
Publication Series
Annotation
This report contains statistics on injuries from violent crime during the period 1992-98.
Abstract
The report presents data from the redesigned National Crime Victimization Survey, examining injuries as a result of violent victimizations. It describes the nature and severity of injuries caused by rape, robbery, and aggravated and simple assault, comparing victims' injuries by characteristics of the victim and offender including relationship, age, sex, and race/ethnicity. The report also compares the likelihood of an injury from a violent crime by characteristics of the incident such as time of day, location, victim's activity, and the presence of weapons. The percentages of victims informing police and receiving medical care are also examined by severity of injury. Highlights include the following: (1) nearly 1 in 5 injured violent crime victims, or an average of just under 480,000 persons per year, were treated in an emergency department or hospital for violence-related injuries; (2) of the violent crimes measured by the NCVS, a higher percentage involved injury when committed by an intimate partner (48 percent) or a family member (32 percent) than when committed by a stranger (20 percent); and (3) between 1992 to 1998, 72 percent of the average annual 21,232 homicide victims age 12 or older were killed with a firearm. Tables, glossary

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