Homicide


Homicide

Fact Sheet

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The homicide rate for juveniles of all ages is lower than for adults.

Fox, JA & Zawitz, M. 2001. Homicide Trends in the United States. Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
(website: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/homtrnd.htm)

Year

Number of Juvenile Homicides

Rate per 100,000

Number of Adult Homicides

Rate per 100,000

1976

1,629

2.5

16,906

11.3

1977

1,692

2.7

17,186

11.3

1978
1,727
2.7

17,571

11.3

1979
1,690
2.7

19,376

12.3

1980
1,813
2.8

20,833

12.9

1981
1,690
2.7

20,415

12.3
1982
1,688
2.7

18,991

11.3
1983
1,536
2.4

17,472

10.3
1984
1,463
2.3

16,798

9.7

1985

1,573

2.5

16,992

9.7

1986

1,719

2.7

18,406

10.4

1987

1,714

2.7

18,013

10.0

1988

1,937

3.0

18,409

10.2

1989

2,154

3.4

19,054

10.4

1990

2,295

3.6

20,779

11.2

1991

2,574

4.0

21,697

11.6

1992

2,563

3.9

20,869

11.0

1993

2,841

4.2

21,357

11.2

1994

2,663

3.9

20,261

10.5

1995

2,623

3.8

18,623

9.6

1996

2,427

3.4

16,963

8.7

1997

2,404

2.9

15,803

8.0

1998
1,926
2.7
14,684
7.4
1999
1,797
2.5
13,468
6.6
2000
1,581
2.1
13,687
6.5
2001
1,640
2.2
14,065
6.7
2002
1,570
2.2
14,300
6.7

Graph of Homicide Victimization by Age: 1976-2002

Fox, JA & Zawitz, M. 2004. Homicide Trends in the United States. Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.(website: http://www.gip.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/homtrnd.htm) Rates calculated by CCRC

Homicide is one of the five leading causes of juvenile mortality.

2002
Leading Causes of Death

Causes

of Death

in Rank

Order

Ages 1 - 4

Ages 5 – 14

Ages 15 - 24

accidents*

accidents*

accidents*

birth defects

cancer

homicide

homicide

birth defects

suicide

cancer

homicide

cancer

heart disease

suicide

heart disease

*motor vehicle and other

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web-based Injury Staistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [Online] (2004). National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (producer). Available from: URL: www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars. [2005 Jan 3]

 

Teenagers, children in middle childhood, and young children face different homicide perils.