|Violent Crime Victimization
||How do the number of juvenile suicide victims compare to the number of juvenile homicide victims?
||Persons ages 7–17 are about as likely to be victims of suicide as they are to be victims of homicide.
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- Nearly 31,700 juveniles ages 7–17 died by suicide in the U.S. between 1981 and 2009.
- For all juveniles ages 7–17, suicide was the fourth leading cause of death over this period, trailing only unintentional injury (178,300), homicide (39,100) and cancer (36,900).
- More than half (55%) of all juvenile suicides between 1981 and 2009 were committed with a firearm, 32% by some form of suffocation (e.g., hanging), and just over 8% by poisoning.
- The proportion of juvenile suicides committed with a firearm peaked in 1994 at 69% and then fell, so that by 2009 less than half (38%) of juvenile suicides involved a firearm.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02701.asp?qaDate=2009.
Released on March 05, 2012.
Data source: Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC. (2012). WISQARS (Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) [interactive database system]. Online. Available: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html
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