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Posted: 6/24/2001 10:09:28 PM EDT
http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/06/24/crimes.injuries/index.html CNN.com - Report: 1 in 8 injured in violent crimes hurt severely - June 24, 2001 Report: 1 in 8 injured in violent crimes hurt severely June 24, 2001 Posted: 5:31 PM EDT (2131 GMT) From Mike Ahlers CNN Assignment Editor WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Of an average of about 2.6 million Americans who were injured in violent crimes every year from 1992 through 1998, 344,000 -- or one in eight of the injured victims -- was hurt severely, according to a newly released government study. The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperated on the report, based on the National Crime Victimization Survey, and looks at injuries resulting from crimes between 1992 and 1998. There were 10.9 million violent crimes reported in 1992, peaking at 11.6 million the following year before declining to 8.5 million in 1998. About one-quarter of all crime victims -- or an average of 2.6 million people each year -- were injured during the crime, the study says. Most of the injuries were minor, but about one in eight of those injured victims were severely hurt. Severe injuries include gunshot or knife wounds, broken bones, loss of teeth, internal injuries, loss of consciousness, and other injuries requiring two or more days of hospitalization. On average, more than 21,000 people were murdered each year. For every 1,000 violent crimes, two are homicides. Report co-author Thomas Simon of the CDC said he was intrigued by the relationship between offenders and victims. "Among injured victims, one in three reported that (they) had been victimized previously by the same offender," Simon said. Females who were injured in a violent crime were more likely to have been victimized by an intimate -- such as a spouse, ex-spouse, or boyfriend -- than by a stranger. The opposite is true for injured males; injured males are more likely to have been victimized by a stranger. The report "provides information on how we target prevention programs -- on where we target our efforts," Simon said. Injury rates from violence were higher among the young, the poor, urban dwellers, blacks, Hispanics and American Indians. Injury rates were lower among the elderly, persons with higher incomes, persons with higher educational attainment, and the married or widowed. Simon said the report does not include information before 1992 because the survey questions were changed in 1992 in an effort to get more reliable answers, particularly from victims of sexual abuse. © 2001 Cable News Network LP, LLLP. An AOL Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
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