BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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

Violent crimes involving alcohol use were most likely committed by strangers (45%), followed by acquaintances (30%), intimate partners (19%), and other relatives (6%)

  • Violent crimes where no alcohol was involved were most likely committed by acquaintances (46%).
  • 19% of alcohol-related violence was perpetrated by intimates compared to 15% of violence in which alcohol was not involved.
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Table 27. Victim-offender relationship in violent victimizations where vicitms perceived alcohol use by offenders, 2004-2008
Victim-offender relationship Alcohol-related Other violent Don't know



Percent   Standard
error
Percent     Standard
error
Percent   Standard
error

Total 100.0 % -- 100.0 % -- 100.0 % --
Intimates 18.5 * 1.46 14.7 1.10 7.9 0.77
Other relatives 5.9 * 0.85 10.5 0.94 4.4 0.57
Well known/casual acquaintance 30.4 * 1.76 45.5 1.62 28.8 1.36
Strangers 45.1 * 1.93     29.3     1.45     58.9   1.52  

--Not applicable.
*Difference between percent perceiving alcohol use and percent not perceiving alcohol use is significant at 95% confidence level.

Source: National Crime Victimization Survey, 2004-2008. 

                         








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