Bureau of Justice Statistics


November 2014

For the period 2003–13, elderly persons age 65 or older
experienced nonfatal violent crime victimizations at
lower rates (3.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 65 or older) than younger persons ages 12 to 24 (49.9 per 1,000), persons ages 25 to 49 (27.6 per 1,000), and persons aged 50 to 64 (15.2 per 1,000). Nonfatal violent
crime includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated
assault, and simple assault. Each year, the elderly accounted for approximately 2% of violence and 2% of serious violence, which equals 136,720 violent crimes and 47,640 serious violent crimes. However, the elderly made up about 21% of the population age 12 or older during this time period. The rate of property crime was also lower compared to younger persons.

Report Number
NCJ 248339

January 21, 2015 at 12:44PM