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Blacks Have Higher Crime Victimization Rate

Blacks are more likely than whites to be victims of violent crime, and the crimes against black victims are generally more serious that those against whites, according to a new study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

A review of the Bureau's National Crime Survey for the years 1979 through 1986 showed that blacks had an average annual violent crime victimization rate of 44.3 per 1,000, compared to 34.5 per 1,000 for whites.

The annual victimization rate for robbery was 13.0 per 1,000 for blacks, 5.4 per 1,000 for whites; for aggravated assault, 13.8 per 1,000 for blacks and 0.8 per 1,000 for whites.

Black victims of all types of violent crime were nearly twice as likely as white victims to have faced an offender with a gun - 20% versus 11%. And blacks hurt during violent crimes were more likely than white victims to sustain serious injuries - 24% versus 16%.

A copy of the 11 page report "Black Victims" (NCJ-122562) is available from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20850.

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