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Criminal Victimization, 2017

NCJ Number
Rachel E. Morgan; Jennifer L. Truman
Date Published
December 2018
30 pages
Based on data obtained from the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS') 2017 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), this report indicates from a national representative sample of households how many persons age 12 or older were victims of violent or property crime within the last 6 months in 2017, whether or not the crimes were reported to police; and trends in these data are reported from 2015 and 2016.

Presents national data on criminal victimization reported and not reported to police in 2017 and the annual change in criminal victimization from 2016. The report examines personal crimes (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, and personal larceny) and property crimes (household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and theft). It also includes data on domestic violence, intimate partner violence, injury to victims, and weapon use. Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older.

  • The rate of robbery victimization increased from 1.7 per 1,000 persons in 2016 to 2.3 in 2017.
  • The portion of persons age 12 or older who were victims of violent crime increased from 0.98% in 2015 to 1.14% in 2017.
  • From 2015 to 2017, the percentage of persons who were victims of violent crime increased among males, whites, those ages 25 to 34, those age 50 and over, and those who had never been married.
  • From 2016 to 2017, the rate of overall property crime declined from 118.6 victimizations per 1,000 households to 108.4, while the burglary rate fell from 23.7 to 20.6.