Study: Violence in U.S. Down, but Still Widespread


Homicide and assault rates have decreased significantly since 1980, but overall rates of violence remain high, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers reviewed violence statistics from six federal health and law enforcement data tracking systems. They found that homicide rates decreased from 10.7 per 100,000 persons in 1980 to 5.1 per 100,000 in 2013.

Aggravated assaults decreased from a peak of 442 per 100,000 in 1992 to 242 per 100,000 in 2012.

But researchers write that violence remains widespread in the U.S. There are more than 16,000 homicides each year in the U.S., and more than 1.6 million assaults requiring treatment in emergency departments, according to the study.

Their analysis found that more than 12 million Americans experience intimate partner violence each year, and more than 10 million American children are abused annually.

Read the full report HERE.

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