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Publication Criminal Victimization, 2018

Rachel E. Morgan, Ph.D., Barbara A. Oudekerk, Ph.D., BJS Statisticians

September 10, 2019    NCJ 253043

This report is the 46th in a series that began in 1973. It provides official estimates of criminal victimizations reported and not reported to police from BJS's National Crime Victimization Survey. It describes the characteristics of crimes, victims, and offenders. Supplemental tables have been added (PDF).


  • The number of violent-crime victims age 12 or older rose from 2.7 million in 2015 to 3.3 million in 2018, an increase of 604,000 victims.
  • The portion of white persons age 12 or older who were victims of violent crime increased from 0.96% in 2015 to 1.19% in 2018 (up 24%), while the portion of males who were victims increased from 0.94% to 1.21% (up 29%).
  • The rate of violent victimizations not reported to police rose from 9.5 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2015 to 12.9 per 1,000 in 2018, while the rate of violent victimizations reported to police showed no statistically significant change.
  • The number of violent incidents increased from 5.2 million in 2017 to 6.0 million in 2018.

Part of the Criminal Victimization Series

Press Release (199K)
Summary (PDF 480K)
Full report (PDF 730K)
Data tables (Zip format 49K)
Supplemental Tables (PDF 100K)

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