Black Victims of Violent Crime

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Bureau of Justice Statistics

Among the findings reported here, based on data gathered by the National Crime Victimization Survey and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program: Although blacks represented 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2005, they were victims of nearly 15 percent of all nonfatal violent crimes and nearly half of all homicides. The average annual rate of nonfatal violent victimization for blacks ages 12 and older – 29 per 1,000 persons – was greater than that of whites (23 per 1,000) or Hispanics (24 per 1,000). And black urban males ages 12 to 24 were more likely than whites or Hispanics of any age group, gender or location to be victims of violence. Free, 11 pages. (800) 851-3420,