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Timothy C. Hart, Callie Marie Rennison, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics

March 9, 2003    NCJ 195710

This Special Report presents National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data from 1992 to 2000 on non-lethal crimes against persons age 12 or older that were reported to police. The reporting of overall violent crime, serious violent crimes, and simple assaults increased from 1992 through 2000. In 2000 a total of 9.9 million crimes were reported to law enforcement authorities, according to NCVS estimates.


  • Overall violent crimes, rapes/sexual assaults, simple assaults, and serious violent crimes were reported to the police in higher percentages for 2000 than for the period 1992 through 1999.
  • Violence against females was more likely to be reported than violence against males.
  • Overall violent crime committed by strangers was reported to police at a higher percentage than was violent crime committed by nonstrangers.

Part of the Criminal Victimization: National Crime Victimization Survey Series

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