Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Crime's Repeat Victims

The decline in crime over the past few decades has been unprecedented. Between 1993 and 2010, the rate of nonfatal violent crime fell 76 percent. Not only has the rate of violent crime declined, but so has the percentage of repeat victims. Seventeen percent of violent crime victims in 2010 were victimized more than once during the year. This figure is down from the 23 percent who were repeat victims in 1993.

You read that right. Many crime victims are victimized more than once in a year's time. That's because some of us are more at risk of violent crime because of who we live with, where we live, or where we work. Among those most likely to be victimized repeatedly, the offender is their intimate partner. The 17 percent who experienced multiple victimizations accounted for the 54 percent majority of the victims of violent crime in 2010.

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Measuring the Prevalence of Crime with the National Crime Victimization Survey

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