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National Library Week

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NCJ Number: NCJ 236018     Find in a Library
Title: Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008
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Author(s): Alexia Cooper ; Erica L. Smith
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 11/2011
Page Count: 36
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: Based on data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports, this report contains tables and figures that describe homicide patterns and trends in the United States from 1980 through 2008, as well as overall homicide rates for 2009 and 2010, for which detailed data are not yet available.
Abstract: Detailed data for homicides committed from 1980 through 2008 indicate homicide trends by age, sex, and race, including homicides of children under age 5 and persons ages 65 or older. Data are also presented on the relationship between the victim and offenders, particularly in cases of intimate and family homicide. The data also indicate when multiple victims and offenders were homicide victims, circumstances associated with the death, justifiable homicide, law enforcement officers killed, homicides cleared, and homicide trends by city size and weapon used. The data show that in the last decade (since 2000), the homicide rate declined to levels last reported in the mid-1960s. The homicide rate declined sharply from 9.3 homicides per 100,000 in 1992 to 4.8 homicides per 100,000 in 2010. Based on available data from 1980 to 2008, Blacks were disproportionately represented as both homicide victims and offenders. The victimization rate for Blacks (27.8 per 100,000) was 6 times higher than the rate for Whites (4.5 per 100,000). The offending rate for Blacks (34.4 per 100,000) was almost eight times higher than the rate for Whites (4.5 per 100,000). Males constituted 77 percent of homicide victims and nearly 90 percent of offenders. Young adults had the highest homicide victimization and offending rates. The homicide victimization rate for children under age 14 was the lowest of all age groups. The percentage of females killed by an intimate declined from 43 percent in 1980 to 38 percent in 1995. After 1995, that percentage gradually increased, reaching 45 percent in 2008. Extensive tables and figures
Main Term(s): Offense statistics
Index Term(s): Clearance rates ; Homicide ; Demography ; Victim-offender relationships ; Offender profiles ; Victim profiles ; Homicide trends ; Homicide victims
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Type: Statistics ; Report (Annual/Periodic)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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