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Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010

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Date Published
December 2012
22 pages
Janet L. Lauritsen Ph.D.; Nicole White Ph.D.
This study presents patterns and trends in violent crime against youth ages 12 to 17 from 1994-2010.
This report explores overall trends in violent crime against youth and examines patterns in serious violent crime and simple assault by the demographic characteristics of the victim, the location and time of the incident, weapon involvement and injury, the victim-offender relationship, and whether police were notified. Findings show that in 2010, male (14.3 victimizations per 1,000) and female (13.7 per 1,000) youth were equally likely to experience serious violent crime, such as rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault; male youth (79.4 per 1,000) were nearly twice as likely as female youth (43.6 per 1,000) to experience serious violent crime in 1994; among racial and ethnic groups, Black youth experienced the highest rates of serious violent crime in 2010; from 2002 to 2010, rates of serious violent crime declined among white (down 26 percent) and Hispanic (down 65 percent) youth, but remained the same among Black youth; youth living with an unmarried head of household were generally more likely than youth living with a married head of household to be victims of violent crime; and the decline in serious violent crime was greater for youth in married households (down 86 percent) than the decline among youth in unmarried households (down 65 percent). Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. Figures, tables, and appendixes

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