The following statistics offer a snapshot of violent crime in the United States. Unless otherwise specified, the statistics are obtained from the FBI's annual publication Crime in the United States for the years 2008 through 2011:
OCJS is working to combat violent crimes such as homicide in Ohio’s
cities through their participation in the Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium. Consortium member cities include Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Elyria, Lorain, Mansfield, Toledo and Youngstown.
The consortium, which focuses on urban settings, is a state, federal and local partnership committed to using technology, intelligence-led policing, and innovative violence prevention efforts to reduce homicides and other violent crimes. OCJS is leading the effort in cities in northern Ohio as well as other cities in Ohio, to address violent crime through a focused-deterrence violence prevention strategy that has shown tremendous promise in reducing gun violence in cities across the U.S.
- An estimated 14,748 persons were murdered nationwide in 2010 - a 4.2% decrease from 2009.
- Teenagers (ages 13 to 19) accounted for 12.4% of murder victims in 2010.
- In 2010, 585 people age 65 or older were murdered - 4.5% of all murder victims.
- In 2010, 77.4% of murder victims were male and 22.5% female.
- In 2010, where the victim-offender relationship was known, 37.4% of homicide victims were killed by an acquaintance; 22% were killed by a stranger; 18.4% were killed by a family member; and 5.5% were killed by a friend.
- Law enforcement cleared (by arrest or exceptional means) 64.8% of the murders that occurred nationwide in 2010.
- In 2009, 48 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty; 47 were male and 1 was female.
- Of the 48 officers feloniously killed, 15 of the slain officers were ambushed; 8 were involved in arrest situations; 8 were performing traffic stops; 6 were answering disturbance calls; 5 were involved in tactical situations (e.g., high-risk entry); 4 were investigating suspicious persons/circumstances; and 2 were handling, transporting, or maintaining custody of prisoners.
- Of female murder victims in 2008, 35% were killed by an intimate partner; 2% of male murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
- 3% of all murders committed in the workplace were committed by the victim's intimate partner (husband, wife, or boyfriend).
- One in four women who committed suicide had been a victim of domestic violence (CDC, 2006).