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Criminal Victimization, 2014

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Date Published
August 2015
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Presents 2014 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the United States.


 Presents 2014 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the United States. This bulletin includes violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property victimization (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft). It describes the annual change from 2013 and analyzes 10-year trends from 2005 through 2014. The bulletin includes estimates of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, injury, and use of weapons in violent victimization. It also describes the characteristics of victims. The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) collects information on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. During 2014, about 90,380 households and 158,090 persons were interviewed for the NCVS.

  • No significant change occurred in the rate of violent crime from 2013 (23.2 victimizations per 1,000) to 2014 (20.1 per 1,000).
  • No significant change was found in the percentage of violent crime reported to police from 2013 to 2014 (46%).
  • The rate of property crime decreased from 131.4 victimizations per 1,000 households in 2013 to 118.1 per 1,000 in 2014.
  • In 2014, 1.1% of all persons age 12 or older (3 million persons) experienced at least one violent victimization.
  • In 2014, 8% of all households (10.4 million households) experienced one or more property victimizations.

Date Modified: October 8, 2015

On page 4 (Prevalence of crime), 2nd column, 3rd paragraph, it states “The prevalence of serious violence committed by strangers declined slightly from 2013 (0.19%) to 2014 (0.23%).” "Decline" was changed to increase.

Date Published: August 27, 2015