US Child Homicide Rates: New Trends Emerge

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About The Study: In this study of 38,000 homicides of children age 17 and younger from 1999 to 2020, homicide rates for some geographic and child demographic groups declined; however, rates recently increased across several subpopulations, with some racial and ethnic disparities persisting for more than 20 years. More targeted strategies are needed to (1) protect 6- to 10-year-olds, 11- to 17-year-olds, and children in certain geographic areas and (2) urgently address firearm violence, racism, and inequities at the root of youth violence.

Authors: Rebecca F. Wilson, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, is the corresponding author.

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