Homicide


Homicide

Until it started to decline in the mid-1990s, homicide had been the only major cause of childhood death to increase over the past four decades.The homicide victimization rate for U.S. children is still substantially higher than any other developed country. Homicides are not evenly distributed geographically, with a majority of U.S. counties experiencing no juvenile homicides, while others experience very high rates. Racially, African American juveniles suffer a much higher homicide victimization rate.

Juvenile homicide can be clearly broken down into three quite different subtypes.

Source: David Finkelhor & Dick Ormrod (2001). Homicides of Children and Youth. Juvenile Justice Bulletin – NCJ187239 (pgs. 1-12).