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Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Alcohol and Crime: Data from 2002 to 2008

Most victims of violence reported that the offender was similar to their own age in both alcohol-involved and other violent incidents

  • Based on reports of victims in the National Crime Victimization Surveys from 2004 to 2008, 47% of alcohol-related violent offenses committed by offenders under age 18 involved victims under age 18.
  • Nearly three-fourths of non-alcohol-related violence committed by offenders under age 18 involved victims under age 18.
  • 56% of offenders age 21-29 perceived to be under the influence of alcohol were of similar age as their victims (age 21-29), compared to 47% of offenders not perceived to be under the influence of alcohol.
 

 

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Table 22. Age of victims involved in alcohol-related violent incidents, by age of offenders, 2004-2008
Victim age
Age of offenders

 Under 18   18-20    21-29    30 or older




Alcohol-related Other violent  Don't
Know 
Alcohol-related Other violent  Don't
Know 
Alcohol-related Other violent  Don't
Know 
Alcohol-related Other violent  Don't
Know 

Total 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %   100 % 100 % 100.0 %   100 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Under 18  46.5 * 74.7 66.7 15.2 15.3 16.9   4.2 4.1 3.9   2.1 * 4.9 4.7
18 - 20 24.0 * 3.0 3.7 39.8 30.8 33.4   14.3 11.7 12.6   5.5 4.4 4.8
21 - 29 5.6 4.9 6.9 22.4 25.9 19.0   56.4 * 47.1 38.0   22.7 ** 17.1 19.5
30 or older  24.0 17.4 22.8     22.7 28.0 30.7   25.1 * 37.0   45.5     69.7 73.6   71.0  

*Difference between percent perceiving alcohol use and percent not perceiving alcohol use is significant at 95% confidence level.
**Difference between percent perceiving alcohol use and percent not perceiving alcohol use is significant at the 90% confidence level.

Source: National Crime Victimization Survey, 2004-2008.

     

 

Table 22se. Standard errors for age of victims involved in alcohol-related violent incidents, by age of offenders, 2004-2008
Victim age
Age of offenders

 Under 18   18-20    21-29    30 or older




Alcohol-related Other violent  Don't
Know 
Alcohol-related Other violent    Don't
Know 
Alcohol-related Other violent   Don't
Know 
Alcohol-related Other violent  Don't
Know 

Total -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  
Under 18  10.00 2.36 2.98 3.95 3.86 3.11 1.19 1.34 1.06 0.75 1.05 1.05
18 - 20 8.52 0.86 1.12 5.46 5.00 3.95 2.12 2.20 1.87 1.23 0.99 1.06
21 - 29 4.54 1.09 1.52 4.61 4.73 3.25 3.11 3.51 2.80 2.32 1.88 2.03
30 or older   8.52 1.97 2.58     4.64 4.86 3.86     2.66 3.38 2.89     2.62 2.29 2.41  

Source: National Crime Victimization Survey, 2004-2008.

                             









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