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NCJJ releases new Data Snapshot on trends and characteristics of youth homicide victims

November 06, 2017

The OJJDP Data Snapshot series disseminates current research about youth in the juvenile justice system. Each one-page Snapshot focuses on a specific topic and highlights policy-relevant findings. This new Data Snapshot, released by NCJJ and OJJDP highlights trends and characteristics of youth homicide victims based on data collected by the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports.


  • In 2015, most youth homicide victims were very young (ages 0-5) or older teens (15-17).
  • Two-thirds of victims younger than age 6 were killed by a family member in 2015.
  • The number of homicide victims ages 15-17 has declined, but the proportion killed by a firearm remains high.
  • A greater proportion of black victims ages 15-17 than white victims were killed by a firearm. 

Download the Data Snapshot from the Statistical Briefing Book:


For more information:

Visit the Juveniles as Victims section of the Statistical Briefing Book for more information about youth homicide victims, or visit Easy Access to the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports to perform custom analyses.


Check out the full list of Data Snapshots available from the Statistical Briefing Book. 


Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) provides timely and reliable statistical answers to the most frequently asked questions from policymakers, the media, and the general public. In addition, the data analysis and dissemination tools available through SBB give users quick and easy access to detailed statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics.