People between the ages of 18 and 21 were the most likely to be victims of a severe violent crime, with blacks being the most vulnerable: 72 victimizations per 1,000 blacks, 50 victimizations per 1,000 Hispanics, and 46 victimizations per 1,000 whites. The next highest rate of victimization was among people aged 10 to 17 (59 per 1,000 youths). Younger children were less likely to be victims of violence.
Women aged 15 to 19 accounted for nearly one-quarter of all female victims (24 percent), followed by women in their 20s (21 percent). Men aged 25 to 29 were most likely to be victimized by an adult male (18 percent). Men aged 30 to 34 were next most likely (16 percent), followed by men in their 20s (15 percent). Young men were least likely to be victims of male violence; only 7 percent of young men were victimized by other young males.
Indigenous peoples are more likely than non-indigenous persons to be killed or injured by police officers or guards while in custody. In fact, according to one study, indigenous people make up approximately 7% of the U.S. population but account for over 40% of deaths in police custody. The study also found that black Americans are 2.5 times more likely than white Americans to die in police custody.
The rate of violent crime in 2008 was 19.3 victimizations per 1,000 individuals aged 12 and above, which was statistically unchanged from the previous year's estimate of 20.7 victimizations per 1,000 people. The rate of property crime was 135 victimizations per 1,000 households, which was lower than the rate of 147 victimizations per 1,000 households in 2007. There were 2,588,981 violent crimes committed in the United States in 2008.
The total number of victims of violent crime in 2008 was 7,099,133. The majority of victims (63 percent) were female, and nearly one-quarter (23 percent) were under 18 years old. Adults over 45 were most likely to be victimized (30 percent), followed by teenagers (18 percent). White victims made up 74 percent of the total; blacks were 14 percent of the total; and Hispanics were 11 percent.
Crime statistics are recorded at the city, county, state, and national levels. Each type of crime has its own unique profile that can help investigators identify potential suspects. Crime statistics are also used to develop prevention programs and to guide law enforcement resources toward high-risk areas or types of crimes.
All crime is not created equal. Certain crimes receive more attention from police departments and the media than others, which can affect how often they are reported. For example, crimes against children tend to generate more interest from law enforcement officials and the public because they consider them extremely serious offenses.
Males, for example, were about four times more likely than women to be arrested for a serious offense, while homicide and robbery arrest rates were roughly 20 times higher for men than for women. Victim-Perpetrator Relationship Except for adolescents under the age of 18, the majority of violent crimes are committed by persons of the same age. Adolescents are particularly likely to commit violence against others; by age 14, about one in three male adolescents and one in five female adolescents have engaged in aggressive behavior. The most common victimizations among adolescents involve other adolescents, such as bullying or fighting; less common but still frequent incidents include sexual abuse or assault, domestic violence, and police harassment.
The likelihood of being a victim of violent crime varies depending on your gender and race/ethnicity. For example, black males are disproportionately represented in prison facilities for murder and nonfatal violence when compared with their representation in the general population. This suggests that they may be overrepresented as victims of violent crime.
Blacks are also significantly more likely than whites to be killed by law enforcement officers. In fact, blacks make up 13% of the U.S. population but account for 35% of all deaths due to legal intervention. When it comes to violence against women, research has shown that women who are abused by their partners are almost nine times more likely to be murdered if their abuser is still alive.