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Estimated number of US victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 population

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Actual indicator available Estimated number of victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 population, Estimated number of victims of intentional homicide by sex and age
Actual indicator available - description Estimated number of victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 population, Estimated number of victims of intentional homicide by sex and age
Date of national source publication September 2017
Method of computation
Periodicity Annual
Scheduled update by national source
U.S. method of computation These tables contain statistics for the entire United States. Because not all law enforcement agencies provide data for complete reporting periods, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimated crime numbers in these presentations. The FBI computes estimates for participating agencies that do not provide 12 months of complete data. For agencies supplying 3 to 11 months of data, the national Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program estimates for the missing data by following a standard estimation procedure using the data provided by the agency. If an agency has supplied less than 3 months of data, the FBI computes estimates by using the known crime figures of similar areas within a state and assigning the same proportion of crime volumes to nonreporting agencies. The estimation process considers the following: population size covered by the agency; type of jurisdiction, e.g., police department versus sheriff’s office; and geographic location. Much of the data presented in the Crime in the United States publication are obtained from the Monthly Return of Offenses Known to Police form which is required to participate in the FBI UCR Program. Data sited from the FBI UCR Program’s website regarding the age and sex of a victim of homicide is obtained from the Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR). The SHR provides additional details surrounding the homicide such as victim and offender age, sex, and race, type of weapon, circumstance during a homicide, and the relationship of the victim to the offender. The SHR is not required for participation in the program. Murder victims with unknown age and/or sex are not included in this table. To calculate the estimated number of males, females, and age of the victim, the percent distribution was figured using data supplied to the national UCR Program on the SHR. The resulting figure was then applied to the total estimated number of homicides for the nation. The homicide rate, defined as the number of offenses per 100,000 population, is derived by first dividing the nation’s population by 100,000 and then dividing the number of offenses by the resulting figure.
Comments and limitations NA
Date metadata updated November 2017
Disaggregation geography National
Unit of measurement Estimated volume number and rate per 100,000
Disaggregation categories NA
International and national references https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016
Time period Annual
Scheduled update by SDG team

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Indicator name Number of victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 population, by sex and age
Target name Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.
Global indicator description From UNODC:Intentional homicide is defined as the unlawful death inflicted upon a person with the intent to cause death or serious injury (Source: International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes, ICCS 2015); the rate is defined as the total count of victims of intentional homicide divided by the total resident population, expressed per 100,000 population. From Goal 16 TST Working Group: This indicator is a composite indicator constructed by collecting two numbers, deaths from intentional homicides and deaths from conflict to measure "peace" with respect to target 1 ' "Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related deaths everywhere." The rates of intentional homicide and conflict-related deaths should be reported separately, as combining them into one single indicator would risk conflating two distinct phenomena with differing root causes as well as varying levels of precision in measurement. Still, they are useful complements to each other as, by construction, they are exclusive and non-overlapping (ie. By design, their conjunction does not double count violent deaths). Intentional homicide is defined as the unlawful death inflicted upon a person with the intent of cause death or serious injury (Source: International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS), 2015). ICCS recommends that intentional homicides include: Murder Honour killing Serious assault leading to death Death as a result of terrorist activities Dowry-related killings Femicide Infanticide Voluntary manslaughter Extrajudicial killings Killings caused by excessive force by law enforcement/state officials Conflict-related deaths refer to those deaths caused by warring parties, including, but not limited to, those caused by traditional battlefield fighting and bombardments (battle-related deaths). The term conflict-related death is broader than the term "battlerelated death" as it includes killings that amount to war crimes, such as targeting of civilians or of military 'hors combat', killings associated with a conflict (but not accompanied by a battle between warring parties) such as one-sided killings, pogroms and genocides. Following the ICCS definition (see homicides at left) death as a result of terrorist activities would be included in intentional homicides. For both intentional homicides and conflict-related deaths, rates are defined as the total count in deaths in a calendar year, respectively, divided by the total resident population for the year, expressed per 100,000 population. The denominator (100,000 population) has been adopted globally by law enforcement as the standard for comparable measurement.
UN designated tier 1
UN custodial agency UNODC, WHO (Partnering Agencies:DESA Population Division)
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Organisation FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data Collection
Agency Staff Name FBI
Agency Survey Dataset FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data Collection
Notes https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016
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