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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Do the number of suicide and homicide victims vary by race?
A: Between 1990 and 2012, suicide was more prevalent than homicide for non-Hispanic white juveniles, while the reverse was true for Hispanic juveniles and non-Hispanic black juveniles.
Number of suicide and homicide victims by age and race/ethnicity, 1990-2012 (White)

Number of suicide and homicide victims by age and race/ethnicity, 1990-2012 (Black)

Number of suicide and homicide victims by age and race/ethnicity, 1990-2012 (Hispanic)

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  • At each age between 12 and 24, suicide was more common than murder for non-Hispanic whites between 1990 and 2012, in sharp contrast to patterns for Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks.
  • For every 10 white homicide victims ages 7-17 there were 30 suicide victims; the corresponding ratio was 10 to 2 for black juveniles and 10 to 4 for Hispanic juveniles.
  • Between 1990 and 2012, the juvenile suicide rate for white non-Hispanic youth (i.e., suicides per million persons ages 717 in this race/ethnicity group) was 28.5. The suicide rates were substantially lower for Hispanic (17.2), black non-Hispanic (16.4), and Asian non-Hispanic (15.1) juveniles ages 7-17.
  • In contrast, the suicide rate for American Indian juveniles (67.6) 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=2012. Released on December 16, 2014.

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