"Homicides are always tragic, but our sympathies are heightened when the victim is a young child or adolescent. Thus, the deaths of juveniles raise understandable public concerns. Unfortunately, research statistics seldom claim the broad audience of the morning newspaper or the evening news. This Bulletin, part of OJJDP's [Office of juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention] Crimes Against Children Series, draws on FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation] and other data to provide a statistical portrait of juvenile homicide victimization. Homicide is the only major cause of childhood deaths that has increased over the past three decades. In 1999, some 1,800 juveniles, or 3 per 100,000 of the U.S. juvenile population, were homicide victims--a rate substantially higher than those of other developed countries. At the same time, murders of juveniles are infrequent in many areas of our country. In 1997, 85 percent of U.S. counties had no homicides of juveniles. The Bulletin offers detailed information about overall patterns and victim age groups. Specific types of juvenile homicide victimization are discussed in further detail, including maltreatment homicides, abduction homicides, and school homicides. Finally, initiatives designed to prevent homicides of children and youth (juveniles) are explored. Given the unacceptable rate of such crimes, much remains to be done." Also included are gang-related homicide statistics.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service: http://www.ncjrs.gov/