Report: New Urban Hispanic Communities Face Violent Victimization


Residents of new and growing Hispanic communities in metropolitan areas are victimized at higher rates than in smaller or well-established communities, according to a new report from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

The report classified neighborhoods based on their historical Hispanic population and the Hispanic population growth between 1980 and 2010.

In established Hispanic areas the Hispanic population exceeded the national average of 6.4 percent.

New Hispanic areas began with a small Hispanic population, but grew at a faster rate than the national average.

Victimization in new Hispanic metropolitan areas occurred at a rate of 26 incidents per 1,000 people, compared to a rates between 16 and 20 per 1,000 in other types of areas.

The study found that Hispanic adults between 18 and 34 years old experienced major disparities in victimization based on the areas where they lived.

Read the full study HERE.

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