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American Indian Crime in Idaho: Victims, Offenders, and Arrestees

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Date Published
February 2013
20 pages

This report presents data on the prevalence, nature, and consequences of crime in Idaho that involves American Indians as victims and offenders.


The 2008 Idaho Crime Victimization Survey (ICVS) found that American Indians were four times more likely than all Idaho residents to be crime victims, and they were nine times more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) within their lifetime. Compared to all IPV victims, American Indian IPV victims were more likely to be female, between the ages of 20 and 45, and to be a victim of simple assault, assaulted with a weapon, injured, victimized in a public or commercial location, have drugs or alcohol involved, and have an arrest occur. American Indian IPV offenders were more likely than all IPV offenders to be between the ages of 15 and 20 and ages 25 to 44. In addition, American Indians had higher offender and arrest rates for both sexes and all age groups, except for those 65 and older. American Indians were more likely than other State residents to be victimized in all crime locations, except a residence or fields/woods/waterway. American Indians were also more likely to have a weapon used against them, but the weapon was less likely to be a dangerous weapon. In addition, American Indian victims of violence were more likely to know their offenders through a current or prior intimate relationship. From the analysis of the data presented in this report, it is apparent that alcohol and drugs are significant factors in American Indian crime. American Indians were twice as likely as other residents to be arrested for alcohol violations, and their arrest rate for drunkenness was six times greater than the overall arrest rate for drunkenness in the State. 17 charts, 14 tables, and 6 references