Poor Are Victims of Violence at Twice Rate of Wealthy


People living in poor households were victims of violent crime at more than double the rate of those in wealthier households from 2008 to 2012, the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics reported Tuesday. Persons in poor households were victims of violence at a rate of 39.8 per 1,000. The rate was 16.9 per 1,000 in higher-income households. The report, “Household Poverty and Nonfatal Violent Victimization, 2008-2012,” used data from the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Among other findings: The rate of intimate partner violence for persons in poor households was 8.1 per 1,000, nearly double the 4.3 per 1,000 rate for those with higher incomes; poor Hispanics had lower rates of violence (25.3 per 1,000) compared to poor whites (46.4) and poor blacks (43.4), and poor persons living in urban areas had violent victimization rates (43.9 per 1,000) similar to poor persons living in rural areas (38.8).

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