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NCJ Number: 160093 Find in a Library
Title: Firearm Injury From Crime
Series: BJS Selected Findings
Author(s): M W Zawitz
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 7
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey formed the basis of an analysis of firearms injuries resulting from crime.
Abstract: The analysis revealed that 3 percent of the victims of nonfatal violent crime whose assailants were armed with firearms experienced gunshot wounds. More than half of all nonfatal firearm-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments were known to have resulted from an assault. An estimated 57,500 nonfatal gunshot wounds from assaults were treated in hospital emergency departments form June 1992 through May 1993. Sixty-five percent of victims who received nonfatal gunshot wounds from crime were treated in a emergency room arrived by emergency medical service, rescue squad, or ambulance. Almost half of the victims were shot in an arm, hand, leg, or foot. About 60 percent of the victims who went to an emergency room were subsequently hospitalized. The majority of victims of intentional gunshot wounds were black; most victims of unintentional firearm injury and suicide attempts with firearms were white. The firearm injury rate for police officers declined in the early 1980's and began increasing again after 1986, but it has not exceeded the peak reached in 1980-81. Tables and 22 references
Main Term(s): Victimization
Index Term(s): Criminology; Firearm-crime relationships; Injury investigations; Medical and dental services
Note: BJS Selected Finding, April 1996
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