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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does the age at which individuals experience the greatest risk of homicide victimization vary by sex?
A: Both males and females are at great risk of murder in their first year of life and in their young adult years; however, the risk of murder for males in young adulthood far surpasses that for young adult females.
Female homicide victims, 1980-1997

Male homicide victims, 1980-1997

Note: The age of the oldest offender is used in multiple-offender homicides.
  • The numbers of infant males and females murdered are similar.
  • While young adult females are at great risk of murder, the risk for young adult males is far greater.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02313.asp?qaDate=19990930. Released on September 30, 1999.

Adapted from Snyder, H. & Sickmund, M. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report, p. 23. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1999.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 1980–1997 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.

 

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