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Prevalence of Violent Crime Among Households with Children, 1993-2010

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Date Published
September 2012
18 pages
Erica L Smith; Jennifer L Truman Ph.D.
Publication Series
This Bureau of Justice Special Report presents data on the prevalence of violent crime in households with children for the period 1993-2010.
Highlights from this report on the prevalence of violent crime in households with children include the following: in 2010, an estimated 2.8 million children (3.9 percent of all children age 17 or younger) lived in a household in which at least 1 member age 12 or older experienced violent crime; the number of children living in households that experienced violent crime decreased by about 6 million fewer from 1993 to 2010; more children lived in households that experienced simple assault (2.6 percent), compared to serious violent crime (1.6 percent); in 2010, violent crime was most prevalent in households consisting of one adult with one child and households headed by a non-married adult; and households with children that had an annual income of less than $15,000 and residing in urban areas experienced greater levels of violent crime than households with higher income levels. Data for this report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) were obtained from the BJS National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The NCVS is an annual survey of nonfatal victimizations against persons 12 and older that are reported and not reported to the police. This report focuses on the incidents of nonfatal violent crime in households with at least one child age 12 or older who was the victim of the crime. Figures, tables, and appendixes

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