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The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is a self-report survey in which interviewed persons are asked about the number and characteristics of victimizations experienced during the prior six months. The NCVS collects information on nonfatal violent crimes (rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated and simple assault) both reported and not reported to police. Information is collected for each victimization incident, including characteristics of the crime, such as weapon use. For victimization incidents in which a weapon was used, additional information is collected about the type of weapon used, including firearms, knives, and other weapons.

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Firearm Violence, 1993-2011 Presents trends on the number and rate of fatal and nonfatal firearm violence from 1993 to 2011. The report examines incident and victim demographic characteristics of firearm violence, including the type of firearm used, victim's race, age, and sex, and incident location.
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Firearm Violence, 1993-2011 11,101 FATAL AND 467,300 NONFATAL FIREARM VICTIMIZATIONS OCCURRED IN 2011
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Criminal Victimization, 2009 Presents the annual estimates of rates and levels of violent crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault), property crime (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft), and personal theft (pocket picking and purse snatching).
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Part of the Criminal Victimization Series

Weapon Use and Violent Crime, 1993-2001 Discusses the nature and prevalence of violent crime by armed offenders, and the consequences to the victims, age 12 or older, from 1993 through 2001.
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Firearm Injury and Death from Crime, 1993-97 "Firearms assault injuries and murders fell between 1993 and 1997"
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Firearm Injury and Death from Crime, 1993-97 Reports on the incidence of fatal and nonfatal firearm injuries that result from crime. Most of the data presented are from the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vital Statistics and the Firearms Injury Surveillance Study which collects data on injuries treated in hospital emergency departments.
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Firearm Injury from Crime: Firearms, Crime, and Criminal Justice "One-quarter of the crime victims who are shot are young black males."
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Firearm Injury from Crime: Firearms, Crime, and Criminal Justice Reports available statistical information on fatal and nonfatal firearm injury that results from crime from a number of sources.
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Weapons offenses and offenders: Firearms, crime, and criminal justice "23 percent of those arrested for weapons offenses are younger than 18 years old."
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