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Homicide, as defined here, includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, which is the willful killing of one human being by another. These data are based solely on police investigation, as opposed to the determination of a court, medical examiner, coroner, jury, or other judicial body. The general analyses excluded deaths caused by negligence, suicide, or accident; justifiable homicides; and attempts to murder. Justifiable homicides based on the reports of law enforcement agencies are analyzed separately. Deaths from the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01 are not included in any of the analyses, although they are available on the data file in which the analyses are based.

 

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The Nation's Two Measures of Homicide Summarizes the United States' two national data collection systems related to homicide: the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Supplementary Homicide Reports and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Fatal Injury Reports.
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Homicide in the U.S. Known to Law Enforcement, 2011 Presents data on homicide trends from 1992 to 2011.
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Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008 Presents findings from data on homicides that occurred in the United States from 1980 through 2008. It also includes overall homicide rates for 2009 and 2010.
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Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008 HOMICIDES FALL TO LOWEST RATE IN FOUR DECADES
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Homicide Trends in the United States: 2002 Update Outlines the primary findings from the updated section of the BJS website about homicide patterns and trends since 1976.
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Homicide Trends in the United States: 2000 Update This BJS Crime Data Brief outlines the primary findings from the updated section of the BJS website about homicide patterns and trends since 1976.
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Homicide Trends in the United States: 1998 Update This BJS Crime Data Brief outlines the primary findings of and new additions to the section of the BJS website about homicide patterns and trends since 1976.
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Homicide Trends in the United States "Nation's largest cities lead the way as homicides fall to lowest rate in three decades"
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Terms & Definitions

Violence, crimes of Rape, sexual assault, personal robbery or assault. This category includes both attempted and completed crimes. It does not include purse snatching and pocket picking. Murder is not measured by the NCVS because of an inability to question the victim. Completed violence - The sum of all completed rapes, sexual assaults, robberies, and assaults. See individual crime types for definition of completed crimes. Attempted/threatened violence - The unsuccessful attempt of rape, sexual assault, personal robbery or assault. Includes attempted attacks or sexual assaults by means of verbal threats. See individual crime types for definition of attempted crimes.