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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does firearm use in juvenile homicide victimization vary by age?
A: Older juveniles are considerably more likely to be killed with a firearm than are younger juveniles.
Firearm percent of juvenile homicide victims by age, 1980-2011

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  • Since the late 1980s, at least 3 of every 4 murder victims ages 1517 were killed with a firearm, while about 1 of every 10 murder victims under age 6 were killed with a firearm.
  • The youngest juvenile victims (under age 6) were more likely to be killed by personal weapons than by a firearm. In 2011, 46% of murder victims under age 6 were killed by offenders using their hands, fist, or feet.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02308.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on August 05, 2013.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Kang, W. (2013). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports: 1980-2011. Available on-line at: http://ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802011 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.

 

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