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Repeat Violent Victimization, 2005-14

NCJ Number
Date Published
August 2017
5 pages
Barbara A. Oudekerk; Jennifer L. Truman
Publication Series
Publication Type
Survey, Statistics, Report (Technical Assistance), Report (Summary)
This is a summary of the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS's) report on repeat violence victimization nationwide for the period 2005-14, which includes its prevalence, the victim-offender relationship, and types of repeat violence.
During 2005-14, an average of 3.2 million people age 12 or older experienced one or more non-fatal violent victimizations (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault). The majority (81 percent) of victims of non-fatal violence experienced a single violent victimization; the remaining19 percent of victims experienced repeat violent victimization, defined as "experiencing two or more violent victimization during the year." Of these repeat victims, 14 percent experienced two to five violent victimizations, with 5 percent experiencing six or more violent victimizations. Overall, the multiple violent victimizations accounted for a disproportionate percentage of all violent victimizations that occurred each year. The total non-fatal violent crime prevalence rate decreased 62 percent during the last two decades, from 29.3 violent crime victims per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 1993 to 11.1 per 1,000 in 2014. Similarly, the prevalence rate for single violent victimization decreased 60 percent during that period, from 22.4 victims per 1,000 in 1993 to 8.9 per 1,000 in 2014. Repeat violent victimizations decreased 69 percent. During 2005-14, victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) experienced a greater percentage of repeat violent victimization (33 percent) than victims of violence committed by a well-known or casual acquaintance (26 percent), relative (25 percent), or stranger (17 percent). During 2005-14, a greater percentage of rape or sexual assault victims (31 percent) experienced repeat violent victimization than victims of robbery (19 percent), aggravated assault (21 percent), or simple assault (23 percent). 1 figure
Date Created: August 31, 2017