|Violent Crime Victimization
||Do the number of suicide and homicide victims vary by race?
||Between 1990 and 2009, suicide was more prevalent than homicide for non-Hispanic white juveniles, while the reverse was true for Hispanic juveniles and non-Hispanic black juveniles.
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- At each age between 12 and 24, suicide was more common than murder for non-Hispanic whites between 1990 and 2009, in sharp contrast to patterns for Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks.
- For every 10 white homicide victims ages 7-17 there were 25 suicide victims (a ratio of 10 to 25); the corresponding ratio was 10 to 2 for black juveniles and 10 to 4 for Hispanic juveniles.
- Between 1990 and 2009, the juvenile suicide rate for white non-Hispanic youth (i.e., suicides per million persons ages 7–17 in this race/ethnicity group) was 27.0.
- The suicide rates were substantially lower for Hispanic (16.9), black non-Hispanic (15.8), and Asian non-Hispanic (15.1) juveniles ages 7-17.
- In contrast, the suicide rate for American Indian juveniles (63.0) was more than double the white non-Hispanic rate and more than triple the rates for the other racial/ethnic groups.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02703.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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