The following is a press release from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The full report, Prevalence of Violent Crime among Households with Children, 1993–2010 (NCJ 238799), can be read by clicking on the link below the article.
ABOUT 4 PERCENT OF CHILDREN IN U.S. HOUSEHOLDS LIVED IN A HOUSEHOLD THAT EXPERIENCED VIOLENT CRIME IN 2010
WASHINGTON – About 2.8 million children or 3.9 percent of all children in U.S. households lived in a household in which at least one member age 12 or older experienced nonfatal violent crime in 2010, according to a report released today by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
About 6 million fewer children in 2010 than in 1993 lived in a household victimized by violence, a 68 percent decline over the 18-year period. Over a more recent 10-year period (2001–2010), the number of children living in a household that experienced violence fell about 37 percent.
This BJS report estimates the prevalence of violent victimization among U.S. households with children age 17 or younger. The prevalence rate is the percentage of households in which at least one member age 12 or older experienced one or more violent victimizations in a given year. These estimates are an indicator of the extent to which children have direct and indirect exposure to violent victimization.
In 2010, violent crime was about twice as prevalent in households with children (3.6 percent) compared to households without children (1.8 percent). More children lived in households where a victimization occurred outside the home (1.7 million or 2.4 percent) compared to inside the home (1.2 million or 1.7 percent).
An estimated 1.1 million children lived in a household that experienced a serious violent crime, which includes rape, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault. Nearly 1.8 million children lived in a household that experienced a simple assault.
Other findings showed—
Among households with children, violent crime was more prevalent in those with children ages 12 to 17 (4.1 percent), compared to households with children ages 0 to 11 (2.9 percent).
About four in 10 victimized households with children experienced at least one crime inside the home in 2010.
Of the more than half a million households with children in which a member experienced serious violent crime in 2010, more than a third had a serious violent crime take place inside the home.
Among households with children, violent crime was most prevalent in households consisting of one adult and one child (6.5 percent) and households headed by a nonmarried adult (6.3 percent).
Violent crime was greatest among households with children that had an annual income of less than $15,000 (7.0 percent) and in urban areas (4.5 percent).
The special report, Prevalence of Violent Crime among Households with Children, 1993–2010 (NCJ 238799), was written by BJS statisticians Jennifer L. Truman and Erica L. Smith.