General


General Child Victimization

Fact Sheet

Overall Crime Victimization of Juveniles [click here for a printer-friendly version in pdf]

Children have very high rates of crime victimization.

The approximate total number of violent crime victims from birth through 17 is 1,935,000:

  • 1,380,000 twelve through 17 year olds
  • 555,000* birth through 11 year olds

*Estimated from NCVS data using 1999 National Incident-based Reporting System (NIBRS) data indicating 1 pre-teen victim for every 2.5 teen victims.

In 1999, the number of juvenile crime victims known to police estimated from NIBRS is 1,300,000:

  • 930,000 twelve through 17 year olds
  • 370,000* birth through 11 year old

*CCRC data analysis using NIBRS, 1999.

Crimes against youth are less likely to be reported to the police.

CCRC data analysis using NCVS 2000; see also - Finkelhor, D. and Ormrod, R. (1999).  Reporting crimes against juveniles. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Youth are more likely than adults to face a weapon-toting assailant.

Juveniles are more likely than adults to experience a victimization related injury.

Crimes against children have been declining in recent years, along with crimes against all individuals.

Rate of Personal Victimization per 1,000 (excluding murder)

Age

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998
1999
2000

% Change 1993-2000

12 to 15

125

117

111

98

91

82
74
60

-52%

16 to 19

121

125

110

106

100

91
77
64

-47%

 

U.S. Department of Justice. (1997). Changes in Criminal Victimization 1994-1995.

U.S. Department of Justice. (1997). Criminal Victimization 1996: Changes 1995-1996 with Trends 1993-1996.

U.S. Department of Justice. (2000). Criminal Victimization 1999: Changes 1998-1999 with Trends 1993-1999.

U.S. Department of Jusice. (2001). Criminal Vicimization 2000: Changes 1999-2000 with Trends 1993-2000.

U.S. Department of Jusitce. (2002). Age Patterns in Violent Victimization, 1976-2000.