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Injuries from violent crime. (Crime Data).

According to the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, about one in four U.S. residents who are victims of a violent crime are injured during the attack. About 2.6 million people each year were injured from nonlethal violence (rape, sexual assault, robbery, simple and aggravated assault) from 1992 through 1998. About 480,000 of the victims injured, or about one in five, were admitted to a hospital or treated in an emergency department.

In addition, during the same time period, an average of 21,000 people were murdered each year. For every homicide victim 12 years or older, approximately 121 people were injured in a violent crime, including 16 people whose injuries were serious. An estimated 344,000 victims incurred severe injuries, such as gunshot or knife wounds, broken bones, loss of teeth, or internal bleeding. Fifty-eight percent of severely injured victims reported that the offenders had a weapon, usually a knife or other sharp object, such as scissors, an ice pick, or an ax, or a blunt object, such as a rock or club (44 percent), rather than a firearm (14 percent).

Victims of violence were more likely to report being injured when the offender was an intimate partner (48 percent injured) or a family member (32 percent injured) than when the offender was a stranger (20 percent injured).

During the 7-year period studied, one in four attacks resulting in severe injuries and almost half of the attacks resulting in minor injuries were not reported to law enforcement agencies.

Written by behavioral scientists Thomas Simon and James Mercy in the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and by BJS statistician Craig Perkins, the special report, "Injuries from Violent Crime, 1992-1998" (NCJ 168633).
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Publication:The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
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Date:Feb 1, 2002
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