ERIC Number: ED441939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Children as Victims. 1999 National Report Series. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Snyder, Howard N.; Sickmund, Melissa
As part of a series that provides quick and focused access to findings from "Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report" of the Office of Justice and Delinquency Prevention, this bulletin documents the impact of crime on society's most vulnerable victims, children. Homicide remains a leading cause of death for young people. In 1997, an average of six juveniles were murdered every day. Between 1980 and 1997, three of four murdered juveniles aged 12 or older were killed with a firearm. Juveniles are twice as likely as adults to be victims of serious violent crime, and three times as likely to be victims of assault. In most cases involving serious violent crime, juvenile victims know the perpetrator, who is a family member or an acquaintance. In 1996, child protection services received reports on more than 3 million maltreated children, and in 80% of these cases, the alleged perpetrator was the child's parent. Children with a history of maltreatment experience increased risk factors for delinquency. In addition, maltreatment and victimization can damage self-esteem, demolish families, and destroy futures. (Contains 16 figures and 5 tables.) (SLD)
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 6000, Rockvillle, MD 20849-6000. Tel: 800-638-8736 (Toll Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Note: This bulletin was derived from chapter 2 of "Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report"; see ED 435 888.