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  NCJ Number: NCJ 178887     Find in a Library
  Title: Reporting Crimes Against Juveniles
  Document URL: HTML PDF 
  Author(s): David Finkelhor ; Richard Ormrod
  Corporate Author: Crimes Against Children Research Center
United States of America
  Date Published: 1999
  Page Count: 8
  Series: OJJDP Crimes Against Children Series
  Annotation: This paper presents the findings of the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) regarding the reporting of crimes against juveniles.
  Abstract: NCVS data on juvenile crime victimizations reported to police and other authorities show that only 28 percent of violent crimes against juveniles become known to police. An additional 16 percent of violent crimes against juveniles are reported to some authority other than the police, mostly school officials. Juvenile victims are substantially less likely than adult victims to have their violent crimes reported to the police or any other authority. Violent sexual assault, although generally underreported, is one crime that is reported to police and other authorities about as often for juveniles as for adults. Only 10 percent of thefts against juveniles become known to police, but an additional 29 percent of such thefts are reported to other authorities, such as school officials. High-value thefts (more than $250) with juvenile victims are less likely to be reported to police or any other authority than those with adult victims. Juveniles report more low-value thefts (less than $50) to some authority than do adults, mostly to school officials. Given the high rate of juvenile crime victimization, its underreporting should be considered a significant problem that needs to be addressed by law enforcement policies. 1 table, 5 figures, and 5 references
  Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
  Index Term(s): Violent crimes ; Sex offenses ; Citizen crime reporting ; Victimization surveys
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Grant Number: 98-JN-FX-0012;
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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United States of America

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  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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