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

In 2008, 36% of victims of violent crime perceived the offender to be under the influence of alcohol; a decline from 44% in 1997

  • The percentage of victims of aggravated assault who perceived the offender to be under the influence of alcohol declined from 1997 to 2008. For robbery and simple assault, the percentages were not statistically different.
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Table 25. Number of victimizations for which victims perceived offenders had used alcohol, by type of crime, 1997-2008
Year Violent crimea Robbery Assault Aggravated assault Simple assault





Total  Percent  Total  Percent  Total Percent  Total  Percent Total  Percent 

2008 2,560,620 36.0 % 205,260 33.3 % 2,239,630 36.2 % 438,500 40.5 % 1,801,130 35.2 %
2007 2,896,090 39.6 183,440 34.9 2,570,970 38.5 488,970 43.2 2,082,000 37.4
2005 2,627,020 40.5 229,550 35.8 2,284,220 41.5 560,010 45.0 1,724,210 40.3
2003 3,102,670 40.4 240,610 37.8 2,708,070 39.3 589,990 50.0 2,118,080 36.3
2001 3,216,760 41.5 230,380 37.7 2,795,220 41.3 608,950 47.0 2,186,270 39.7
1999 4,239,020 40.3 338,140 48.0 3,657,120 39.4 787,860 52.2 2,869,260 35.9
1997   4,969,530 43.6     334,470 41.4     4,427,030 43.3     1,112,660 52.8     3,314,370 40.1  

Note: Excludes cases in which victims did not know if the offender had used alcohol. In 2008, 47% of victims of violent crime did not know if the offender had used alcohol.
aIncludes rape/sexual assault not shown on table.

Source: National Crime Victimization Survey, 2004-2008.
           


Table 25se. Standard errors for number of victimizations when victims said they knew offenders had used alcohol, by type of crime, 1997-2008
Year Violent crimea Robbery Assault Aggravated assault Simple assault





Total  Standard error  Total  Standard error  Total Standard error  Total  Standard error Total  Standard error 

2008 2,560,620 2.19   205,260 6.81   2,239,630 2.32   438,500 4.98   1,801,130 2.54  
2007 2,896,090 2.00 183,440 6.57 2,570,970 2.09 488,970 4.37 2,082,000 2.26
2005 2,627,020 2.27 229,550 6.65 2,284,220 2.42 560,010 4.57 1,724,210 2.71
2003 3,102,670 1.86 240,610 4.89 2,708,070 1.95 589,990 3.94 2,118,080 2.13
2001 3,216,760 1.84 230,380 5.44 2,795,220 1.94 608,950 3.68 2,186,270 2.11
1999 4,239,020 1.60 338,140 4.58 3,657,120 1.68 787,860 3.20 2,869,260 1.79
1997   4,969,530 1.46     334,470 4.80     4,427,030 1.53     1,112,660 2.82     3,314,370 1.70  

Note: Excludes cases in which victims did not know if the offender had used alcohol. In 2008, 47% of victims of violent crime did not know if the offender had used alcohol.
aIncludes rape/sexual assault not shown on table.

Source: National Crime Victimization Survey, 2004-2008.
           








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