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Victims of Crime & Violence Statistics & Facts

Victims of Crime & Violence Statistics & Facts

Definition: Crime and violence can have a devastating impact not just on the direct victim, but also on his or her family.


Our variety of services help individuals and their families work through immediate needs and also prepare for the long-term impact of victimization.

Other types of crime and abuse we can assist with may include:

  • Hate Crimes
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Elder abuse
  • Gang and community violence
  • Homicide of a family member

Statistics and Facts

National Violent Crime Statistics

Though many forms of crime are down nationwide and in New York City—a considerable number of people are impacted by violent crime (including murder, rape and sexual assault, robbery, and assault), and theft each year.

  • Nationwide, between 2005-2014 both aggravated assault and simple assault declined by 21% and 35% respectively. (BJS 2015)
  • Less than 50% of violent crime is reported to the police. (BJS 2015)
  • It is common for survivors of violent crime to report that they knew the person who hurt them. (BJS 2015)
    • More than 50% said the opposite party was known to them in some way (whether a relative, acquaintance, or someone they dated or were married to). (2014 National Crime Victimization Survey)
    • About 40% of violent crime survivors reported that the person who hurt them was a stranger to them. (2014 National Crime Victimization Survey)

Violent Crime in New York City

  • 23,225 violent crimes and 14,381 aggravated assaults were reported to law enforcement in New York City within the first 6 months of 2015. (DOJ, 2015)
    • Robbery victims are most often Latino (37%) and Black (33.7%)
    • Felonious assault victims are most often Black (47%) and Latino (33%)
    • Assault victims are most often Black (42%) and Latino (36%)
    • Shooting victims are most often Black (76%) and Latino (21%) (U.S. Census 2015 and Bratton, 2015) (New York City Police Department data, 2014)

Vilma Torres: Helping Families of Homicide Victims

Vilma Torres, Director of Safe Horizon's staff at the Bronx Family Justice Center, explains how her caring and compassionate approach helps families of homicide victims overcome the many facets of grief at the Family Justice Center.
Read Vilma's story →

Our Programs

Counseling Center

Help to overcome the impact of abuse.

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For many survivors of violence, the journey to safety and healing starts with a simple phone call.

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Community Programs

Find the guidance and resources you want and need.

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Our Impact

8,005 calls answered by our Crime Victims Hotline in 2019.

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