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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: How do the number of juvenile suicide victims compare to the number of juvenile homicide victims?
A: Persons ages 717 are about as likely to be victims of suicide as they are to be victims of homicide.
Number of suicide and homicide victims by age, 1990-2010

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  • Nearly 23,000 juveniles ages 1017 died by suicide in the U.S. between 1990 and 2010.
  • For all juveniles ages 717, suicide was the fourth leading cause of death over this period, trailing only unintentional injury (113,200), homicide (29,800) and cancer (25,000).
  • More than half (52%) of all juvenile suicides between 1990 and 2010 were committed with a firearm, 37% by some form of suffocation (e.g., hanging), and just over 6% by poisoning.
  • The proportion of juvenile suicides committed with a firearm peaked in 1994 at 69% and then fell, so that by 2010 less than half (37%) of juvenile suicides involved a firearm.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02701.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on August 05, 2013.

Data source: Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC. (2013). 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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