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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does juvenile homicide victimization vary by sex and age?
A: Until their teenage years, boys and girls are equally likely to be murdered.

Juvenile homicide victims by age and sex, 1980-2011

Age Male Female

0 4,410 3,644
1 2,602 2,208
2 1,951 1,670
3 1,254 1,001
4 902 685
5 581 543
6 471 425
7 398 453
8 385 404
9 384 379
10 406 358
11 440 366
12 611 494
13 981 670
14 2,150 948
15 4,196 1,367
16 7,289 1,669
17 11,357 2,109

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  • Between 1980 and 2011, the annual numbers of male and female homicide victims were generally similar for victims at each age under 13. However, older victims were disproportionately male. For example, between 1980 and 2011, 84% of murdered 17-year-olds were male.
  • Between 1980 and 2011, approximately 11,400 17-year-old males were homicide victims, compared to approximately 2,100 females of the same age.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02311.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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