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The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) obtains information about the gender of the victims for the non-fatal violent crimes of rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault, and personal theft (purse snatching/pocket picking). For property crimes the gender of the adult household respondents who provide the information are obtained. Property crimes include household burglary, motor vehicle theft and property theft.
 
Victims of violent crimes and personal thefts are also asked to provide information about the gender(s) of the offender(s).

Summary findings

  • Males experienced higher victimization rates than females for all types of violent crime except rape/sexual assault. Females age 12 or older experienced about 552,000 nonfatal violent victimizations (rape/sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated or simple assault) by an intimate partner (a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend).
  • Black females historically have experienced intimate partner violence at rates higher than white females.
  • The rate of intimate partner victimizations for females was 4.3 victimizations per 1,000 females age 12 or older. The equivalent rate of intimate partner violence against males was 0.8 victimizations per 1,000 males age 12 or older.
  • Hispanic and non-Hispanic females experienced intimate partner violence at about the same rates (4.1 per 1,000 females age 12 or older versus 4.3 per 1,000, respectively).

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, most murder victims were male, 78% in 2007.

See also Homicide Trends in the United States and Data Online for characteristics of homicide victims by State and large locality.

Men were more likely than women to be the victim of a carjacking (2 men and 1 women per 10,000 persons).

Publications & Products


Criminal Victimization, 2012 Presents 2012 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the U.S. This bulletin includes violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property victimization (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft).
  Press Release | PDF (836K) | ASCII file (38K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 48K)
Part of the Criminal Victimization Series

Criminal Victimization, 2012 FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR VIOLENT AND PROPERTY CRIME RATES INCREASED IN 2012 Increases driven by simple assaults and crime not reported to police
  Press Release
Part of the Criminal Victimization in the United States Series

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).
  Press Release | PDF (420K) | ASCII file (24K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 23K)
Part of the Criminal Victimization Series