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Comparative Trends of Criminal Victimization in Schools and in the Community - 1974-1981 - Draft of Final Report to Bureau of Justice Statistics

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Date Published
January 1995
To provide a better understanding of the patterns of school crime, four National Crime Survey categories (robbery, larceny, assault, and aggravated assault) were used to examine trends in victimization in school and nonschool crime between 1974 and 1981.

For the period studied, staff and student victimization rates remained steady. In-school victimization made up about half of the total for juveniles between 14 and 17. Most larcenies and between 15 and 30 percent of the robberies, assaults, and aggravated assaults occurred in school with the percentages varying from year to year. Nearly half of the victimizations were stranger-to-stranger. The offenders were more likely to be strangers in communities of more than 5,000. Victims and perpetrators tended to be similar in race, age, and sex. During the 1974-81 time period, whites became increasingly likely to be victimized by whites and less likely to be victimized by blacks. Data tables, a list of 95 references, and appendixes presenting background information on the study methodology and terminology are included.

Date Published: January 5, 1995